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08-18-2011 10:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question bed repair

Sigh …. here is my Dilema … After 15yrs of having the same bedroom set my wife decides to go buy a new one back in Febuary of this year. She picked out a pretty nice one with a pretty nice price tag to go with it ..but it made her happy … so what the hey .. i agreed … Now fast forward 5 months after that …. One morning i head off to work as usual …. She is in bed asleep with our bed dog (a white siberian huskey) .. she wakes up a little late and is now in a rush to get the kids off to school …. forgets and leaves the dog in the bedroom …... as you can well imagine the dog was not all to happy with this and decided to show us how mad she was ….........
Now of course my wife comes to me and ask my to find some way to make it look presentable …. HMMMM i think … ive done some repair jobs in my life but that was usauly just tear out a entire piece and replace it but that wouldnt be very feesible for this ….... SOOOO …. if anyone one could give my any advice on how to go about this one it would be so so so appreciated …. a mans personal happines is at stake here .. hehehe

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#1 posted 08-18-2011 11:02 AM

Hi Gonecrazy,

it’s hard to make suggestions from these close-up shots only. The overall style is important I think.

First thoughts that came to my mind were:
- drawknife and sanding to give it a uniform (intentional) look
- building a positive curved router template to get rid of the ruined parts from one side (flush trim bit with bearing) >> use some kind of fiberglass putty to form the opposing template >> use PU glue (expands and fills up any gaps that might still be there) and a bit of moisture to glue on a piece of wood >> shape it and pray you get the finish right
- putting some kind of rustic hardware on top

The latter would also prevent that from happening again but really depends on the style. Number two is what I might go for after testing it before. But: This is nothing but an idea. I haven’t tried anything like it before!

Good luck with your wife’s happiness and therefore yours! Keep us updated!

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#2 posted 08-18-2011 03:04 PM

I agree with G4Y that we need a picture from further away so we can get an idea of the design and see where the damage is. I can’ t even tell if the damage is on the headboard, chest, dresser or what?

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#3 posted 08-19-2011 04:24 AM

Sorry about that didnt think of posting bigger pic of the whole thing ….. it is accualy the footboard to the bed .. i tried to get a better pic of but the room it is in is quite small (city town homw ….sigh) ... but i hope these help….


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#4 posted 08-19-2011 04:45 AM

Shoot the dog!
Then take the piece, sand it down, sand the opposite side to look like the repaired side, experiment and copy the stain, and finally:
Shoot the dog again!

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#5 posted 08-19-2011 04:48 AM

Looking at the middle photo of the last three photos I would cut the most damaged area off using a Japanese saw along the line were the wood is darker about 4” down from the top. I would then use the other side to make a pattern, cut it out on the band saw and then shape to fit. To join the replacement piece in place I would use 5 minuet epoxy and dowels or biscuits and perhaps some surgical hose to clamp it in place. The rest of the piece can be sanded to remove the minor damage . I would use dyes to help match the new piece in place. The other alliterative is to make the whole side piece over.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 08-19-2011 04:54 AM

Yes, shoot the dog. Then take it to a taxidermist for a full body mount. Stand the stuffed dog just inside the door you come and go through most often. If the dog was male, kick it in the nads every time you come home or leave. If it was a female, pretend it was a male and kick it the same way. This procedure will NOT fix the bed. Indeed, leave it as is so that your ritual will continue with gusto ad nauseum. Caution: Do not have any pointed boots with steel toes.

Does PETA monitor this sight ? ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#7 posted 08-19-2011 05:15 AM

Another idea is to let your wife sleep late again, have her get up on the OTHER side of the bed, and let the dog chew the same pattern!


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#8 posted 08-19-2011 05:23 AM

Distressed furniture is quite popular these days. You really don’t have to do anything, really… except shoot the dog.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#9 posted 08-19-2011 05:40 AM

You don’t need to shot the dog…just have all its teeth pulled out.

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#10 posted 08-19-2011 05:47 AM

Call the store and tell them there is a defect in “their” furniture and you want it replaced. If that does not work do what Jim said.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 08-19-2011 09:44 AM

Seeing it again in these pics I’d go for sanding a really severe chamfer to the side pieces. I’d get rid of the bulk of loose fibres with a utility knife before.

Concerning the dog: I very much disagree with the suggestions involving the dog getting harmed. As a teacher I recommend talking to it in a quiet environment about the feelings you and your wife had when you first saw the disaster. After that get it involved in woodworking more seriously. Once the dog knows about the efforts it takes to make such a piece it will most likely not do it again.

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#12 posted 08-19-2011 10:19 AM

Had something similar happen to a customer’s piano.
I made a template of how it looked before.
Cut a piece that matched the old look.
Then I took a rabbit plane and shaved the sides until I had a sliding dovetail.
Fitted the new piece onto the sliding dovetail with a matching groove and a spline.
After the glue dried I used fine rasps and carving chisels for the final fitting. A Dremel rotary tool is a big help.
The hardest part will be matching the finish. New finish never seems to match old finish.

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#13 posted 08-19-2011 01:23 PM

That’s a shame. I love dogs but sometimes they try your patience. I hope you get it all patched back up to where it won’t be as noticeable.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 08-19-2011 02:23 PM

I think I would lightly sand the areas,them build a form out of some non stick material, pour a stainable filler let it set, then contour it to the original . Patience will be the key here. Finish will be the hardest. Just my HO.

-- Life is good.

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#15 posted 08-19-2011 02:42 PM

Can you dissemble the piece? Can’t see how it’s attached to the rest of the footboard but it looks like it might come off with some persuasion. Then copy it, match the color and it’ll be like new.

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