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cajunworkshop

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02-03-2018 12:56 PM

I have a cabinet I am building. The face frame had a 1 inch chunk that is cracked and about to come off. Wanted suggestions on how to fix it.

Should I pull it off and repair it with some compound?

Tried to glue but couldn’t get glue under it without cracking it further

This a cabinet going out in my garage as a work bench. I want to learn how to do this otherwise I wouldn’t worry since I have 1/2” over lay doors that would mostly over when door is closed.

Any ideas?

-- Cajun Workshop Greenville, SC


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mrg

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#1 posted 02-03-2018 01:26 PM

How good are you with a chisel? I would either remove the chunk by cutting the section out. Grafting back in. If you are going to paint the base, bondo or water putty sand smooth and paint.

-- mrg

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#2 posted 02-03-2018 01:43 PM

Pry it open and get some glue in there and clamp it closed. You may have to carve a splinter of wood to make a glue applicator that will fit in the crack.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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shipwright

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#3 posted 02-03-2018 01:48 PM

Pry it up (carefully) and apply a little glue with a thin bit of wood like veneer or a shaving. If it breaks right off, so much the better because there is no better fit than a clean break. You are right to try to fix this even though it doesn’t matter much. It can be a good learning experience.
Try this before you go cutting anything away. This should make an invisible repair and will be something you can use on future pieces where they won’t be painted and where they will show.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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shipwright

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#4 posted 02-03-2018 01:50 PM

Simultaneous typing Bondo? :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#5 posted 02-03-2018 03:48 PM

If it’s where that knot appears to be the wood may be under tension there and gluing and clamping may not hold and breaking it clean might not result in tightly mated surfaces. Try it, but be prepared to use filler.

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MT_Stringer

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#6 posted 02-03-2018 05:14 PM

I second the idea of Bondo if the damaged piece breaks off. Repair it just like a dent in a car. It sands smooth. Then paint it.

Had to repair a template I boogered up.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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cajunworkshop

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#7 posted 02-03-2018 06:30 PM

Great ideas. Going to try the bondo. Is there a certain type for wood and does Woodcraft carry it.
The face frame is poplar so I am painting it. No knots in that spot. User error when I was driving a screw!

-- Cajun Workshop Greenville, SC

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#8 posted 02-04-2018 01:58 AM

Regular autobody filler from the home center will do it.

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#9 posted 02-04-2018 07:58 PM

Being a fan of medium or thick super glue CA for things like this I would suggest trying it. The medium and thick varieties set up slowly (5 to 15 minutes) which allows it to seep into cracks like that. Just keep adding more until the crack absorbs no more, clamp if necessary and then let it cure (or spray with an accelerator). On finer cracks use an application of the thin version of the glue followed immediately with the medium. For what ever reason the thin stuff makes the medium flow into the better. That method works especially well if the crack or void needs some filler like sawdust…..pack the sawdust in dry, wet with the thin glue and then immediately the medium.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Steve

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#10 posted 02-04-2018 08:05 PM

you can get the bondo at Home depot or lowes

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