|Forum topic by DRStevick||posted 704 days ago||1272 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
704 days ago
OK, I’m freaking out a little bit here… I came in to type and to try to calm down a little bit. Hopefully someone out there can help me out.
I was about 99% complete with my project – a cribbage board in Koa with Purpleheart and Maple inlay on a maple case, with two barrel hinges. Unfortunately, the holes for the barrel hinges and the holes for the pegs on the other side were deep enough and lined up such that there was one hole that went completely through the board. Wouldn’t have been a problem, had I remembered that it was there.
I intially just pressed the hinges in place – the fit was tight enough. However, after a few days of showing it off, opening and closing it, I noticed that they were a little loose, so I decided that they needed to be glued in place. Armed with a bottle of CA glue, I applied some glue to the notch in the hinge. Not realizing that the glue was actually coming out of the peg hole on the other side!
So now I have a bit of a mess with the CA glue. Unfortunately, as I’m about to find out, CA glue removal liquid also removes laquer very well also. Down to the wood.
So here’s where I am – I’ve cleaned up all of the CA glue, but now I have some areas where the laquer is removed down to the wood. I’ve lightly sanded the whole project with 1500 grit wet/dry sand paper, and used 0000 steel wool to smoothe the edges between the laquer and the bare spots.
Is this recoverable? Starting from scratch isn’t really a viable option – I don’t have another set of coins to inlay, and I don’t know if I can get these out without destroying them. With the way the coins are inlayed, I don’t know if I can get the entire project down to bare wood. And, of course, now that the hinges are set with CA glue, I can’t separate the top from the base.