Repairing a routed space in a newly constructed chest

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Forum topic by Redford1947 posted 04-23-2011 04:36 AM 1014 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2011 04:36 AM


I routed out a 3 1/8 by 5 1/4 oval for a Rockler inlay on the front panel of a maghony chest I am building for my grandaughter. Depth about 1/16 of an inch.

I have tried two different inlays without sucess. Both were so crinkly and fragile that I could not get it to glue in smoothly. I am now left with a 3×5 by 1/16 “gouge” in my fine wood that I had already finished.

Does anyone have a suggestion on how I can repair or fill this thing? Is it possible to cut the area to a square and deepler, say 1/4” and try to lay on a patch of some sort?

What about just sanding the area so the wood will match but will be left with an oval depression in the front panel of this chest? Is there a way that this would not be noticable?

Has anyone had success with these inlays from Rockler?


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#1 posted 04-23-2011 06:32 AM


Those things are fragile and hard to use. I think you have to wet and press them flat using paper as you press to dry them. Hide glue is better ( you can get it in a bottle now) because it doesn’t introduce as much water. Doesn’t make sense because it’s dissolved in water but that’s what i think I read.

As to what to do now, if you have a scrap of pretty, contrasting wood eg. maple, make an oval a little larger than the hole in the chest, place it carefully, trace it VERY carefully with an exacto knife, then simply enlarge the oval to fit. Glue it down, plane it flat,OR leave it proud, round the edges with sandpaper, chisel, etc and carve her name in it. You don’t need to go any deeper.

I believe this was called a “Dutchman” patch. I did this on a red oak stair tread I made. The piece was too nice to waste, but had a loose knot. Used a piece of scrap from the end, matched the grain, worked about an hour fitting it, and my wife says she can’t see it unless I show her where it is. I know she’s lying, but I let her get away with it to make me feel good. Make it contrast and you don’t have to hide it.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#2 posted 04-23-2011 04:47 PM

You could think about an inlay or filling the void with some material like “Inlace” or something similar.

-- Carpe Diem

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