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03-01-2014 12:44 PM

I was flattening my work bench top with a router sled. Well Murphy’s law showed up and the sled fell off the guide rails. I now have a very nice 1 1/2 dia hole in my pretty new top. The top is made out of laminated 2X4s. Any suggestions to fix it and make it look decent?

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#1 posted 03-01-2014 01:13 PM

Drill a series of additional 1-1/2” holes, all evenly spaced, then make yourself some 1-1/2” bench dogs. (just kidding)

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#2 posted 03-01-2014 01:17 PM

How bad us it? Does it go all the way through? For a surface defect you could insert a Dutchman patch.

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#3 posted 03-01-2014 01:43 PM

It doesn’t go all the way through. I was thinking of making a patch out of epoxy mixed with saw dust but hoping there may be a better solution

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#4 posted 03-01-2014 01:47 PM

Put an inlay there to personalize it, or as already mentioned put in a Dutchman.

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#5 posted 03-01-2014 01:51 PM

I would insert a dowel in,grind it flat,done.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#6 posted 03-01-2014 01:53 PM

Make a patch of contrasting wood in some geometric shape to make it look like a decorative element.

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#7 posted 03-01-2014 01:58 PM

We all make boo-boo’s. As one person daid, make something decorative out of it and call it done on purpose….

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#8 posted 03-01-2014 02:16 PM

Great idea! Thanks

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#9 posted 03-02-2014 01:39 AM

Man, that’s too bad. A mistake like that is really a hit to the pride. Well, I did the inlay thing on a second hand desk I bought for my daughter to cover ink stains on the wood. For me it worked very well.

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#10 posted 03-02-2014 02:09 AM

Cover the top with a sheet of ply.

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#11 posted 03-02-2014 02:56 AM

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