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MT_Stringer

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06-08-2014 01:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip sander router

Well, there I was, using my router to make a template so I could rout the recess for my new router plate. I let it get away from me in one corner and messed it up. Three perfect corners and one bad one. :-(

Recently, I had purchased a can of Bondo All Purpose Putty so this was a good opportunity to test it out. I am not a paint and body guy so this was my first time to use Bondo of any kind.

Reading the instructions, it appeared I had a pretty small window in which to work, so I mixed up some on a plastic plate and commenced to fill in the corner and one other place that was uneven.

I noticed in about 15 minutes the leftover mixture on the plate was hard. Since I had filled in a nice gash made by the flush trim bit, I decided to let it cure overnight.

The following day, it only took a minute to sand the sides flush and true up the corner (1 1/2 inch radius) on the oscillating sander.

The repair worked well, and was so easy to do.


I got a good fit with both plates.
Bondo saved the day for me.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas


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ColonelTravis

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#1 posted 06-08-2014 01:30 AM

I did the same thing, my friend. Felt like an idiot but it’s an easy fix.
Why’d you go with a double plate top?

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dawsonbob

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#2 posted 06-08-2014 01:34 AM

“Bondo saved the day for me.”

As it has for so many people, so many times. Good stuff, Bondo.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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johnhutchinson

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#3 posted 06-08-2014 01:44 AM

I thought that was my dirty little secret. :(

I Bondoed the heck out of my ribbon table.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Dark_Lightning

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#4 posted 06-08-2014 02:40 AM

You’d be surprised/appalled at how much filler is used on big machinery like mills and lathes. There is even filler on my 36 pound “cast iron” vise. It’s really obvious when you do a little welding and/or hammer work, and pieces blow off. I say filler, because ‘Bondo” is a brand name, and there are other brands, not to be a wise guy. Most of my filler work has actually been done with the Bondo brand.

Here’s a real cheat for you- I built a bookcase many years ago out of knotty pine, which I lacquered. When I did up the top molding (a crown and dentil) I had some wanes in the crown molding. I used almond caulk to fill in the gaps. It was impossible to tell that it was there. I got really lucky.

BTW, JohnHutchinson, I absolutely adore the grain in that cabinet behind your (really nice) ribbon table. Gotta love that white oak!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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MT_Stringer

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#5 posted 06-08-2014 02:43 AM

Colonel, it started out as an assembly table and grew from there. First one router, then two.
Here is a link to my project.

Thanks John. That’s a nice looking table.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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ColonelTravis

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#6 posted 06-08-2014 03:55 AM

Ah, thanks Mike. Missed that when it was in the top 3. Great concept.

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#7 posted 06-08-2014 04:15 AM

Hey John, just love that ribbon table. Tell me, I see the brass hook on the right, what is the one on the left for.

Great job.

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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oldnovice

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#8 posted 06-08-2014 06:18 AM

I repaired a 45 year old front door with Bondo and when my neighbor saw the finished door he was sure that I had just bought a replica … Bondo is wonderful stuff for many repairs.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 06-08-2014 11:19 AM

Minwax has a two part wood filler I have used before. To my thinking it’s on the pricy side for such a small can but it does work well in some cases. The thing that I wonder is is it the same thing as the bondo, or other automotive fillers out there? it looks the same smells the same and works the same if so if you screw up a lot you can get that stuff by the gallon from the auto parts stores. anyone know the answer to this one ?

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#10 posted 06-08-2014 02:03 PM

@ MarkSr … I wondered the same st first. But I think we’re seeing the drawer pulls on the dresser behind the table thru the glass top.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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johnhutchinson

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#11 posted 06-08-2014 02:34 PM

JoeinGa: I never noticed the drawer pulls in the photo before, but you’re right, they’re on the dresser. The strange thing is that the pull on the left seems to be a double, up-down pull. I’m thinking it’s the pull behind the glass top as well as a reflection of the pull on the drawer above it.

I can’t say for sure because I didn’t take the pic. Chris Schwarz at Popular Woodworking took it at their offices in Cincinnati and that’s Bob Lang’s dresser. Chris thought the two pieces went together so well (complete opposites) that he titled the photo “Buddies”.

Now let’s get back to Bondo. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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LoriF

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#12 posted 06-08-2014 03:34 PM

MarkSr

The right side (table) hook is the right hand drawer pull.
The left side (table) hook is is the left drawer pull viewed thru the glass top.

Cool looking table.

-- There's a crack in everything that’s how the light gets in - Leonard Cohen

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johnhutchinson

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#13 posted 06-08-2014 03:50 PM

What I really hate is some guy who comes along and turns a helpful tip into a project post.

Myself excluded. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Gene Howe

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#14 posted 06-08-2014 04:57 PM

Absolutely love Bondo for repairs on stuff that will be painted. Used it extensively on our deck railing made with construction timbers. Fills in loose knots and ill fitting joints…the latter is probably unfamiliar to most of you.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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LoriF

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#15 posted 06-08-2014 05:14 PM

My apologies for my redundant answer posted 85 minutes ago…........puzzling because I wrote it hours ago.

-- There's a crack in everything that’s how the light gets in - Leonard Cohen

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