Blanket chest #1: Three blanket chests for my grand Daughters

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Blog entry by sandhill posted 05-09-2010 09:08 PM 1363 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am building my first blanket chest and I started with the top. After putting the top together for a dry fit and everything fitting real good I numbered 1 to 1, 2 to 2 etc and glued it up clamped it. Satisfied everything was lined up I came inside to get out of the Fl. heat. After about three hours I went back and un-clamped it and noticed one miter was open I’m a bit upset with the outcome and can’t figure out what to do to fix it other than just cut it back and start over. Does anyone have a fix for this that is not noticeable? Its open about a 1/32”
Because I just started I think I will cut off the miters and start over using this part for the raised panels

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Richard Alexander

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#1 posted 05-10-2010 03:04 AM

I’d try some wood filler. Mixing some sawdust with wood glue would also work. Be sure to tape the opposite miter when sanding so you won’t go across the grain. I’m sure you’ll still be able to see it when done but I doubt anyone else would notice it. I’ll be following this thread to see what some more experienced lumber jocks have to say.

I have had this same problem. I think it is from not clamping to wood as it is cut. Good luck. Looking forward to seeing the final pics.

-- Richard- Tulsa, Oklahoma

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#2 posted 05-10-2010 03:17 AM

I’ve been fighting the same battle and have been having good luck with filler. Everybody else tells me they don’t notice it, even if I find it glaring.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#3 posted 05-10-2010 03:20 AM

Looks just like the problem I’m having. I’m thinking about using sawdust and finish.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#4 posted 05-10-2010 03:29 AM

I was thinking it is because of moisture content. I seem to only have this problem in the warmer months it was 88 degrees the other day when I assembled it. I will try all your suggestions. I need to get this resolved before I start on building my kitchen cabinets.

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#5 posted 05-10-2010 03:38 AM

The best repair for wood is wood, filler usually looks like filler. If you can cut some thin material that you can wedge in the corner with the smallest amount of glue on it let it dry and very carefully trim the excess off.
If done properly the repair will be invisible.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 05-10-2010 04:13 AM

Makes sense Jim, I have the piece I cut off when I did the miter I will try to match the grain from that and give it a try “can’t see the forest through the trees sometimes”. Thanks

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#7 posted 05-10-2010 04:28 AM

Good luck it still takes some careful fitting on inside corners

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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