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Forum topic by paean posted 04-23-2015 05:00 PM 1227 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2015 05:00 PM

Well, my wife has given me a project I don’t know how to complete. She acquired a beautiful old armoire…. that had the back cut out to make room for a tube-style TV. She wants “the hole patched” which is a jagged bit of work that measures around 2 feet by 2 feet. The current boards are oriented vertically. I have very basic woodworking skills and this doesn’t seem like an entry-level job.

I was going to square up the hole, try to find lumber that matches the armoire, fix it along the back and stain it to match.

Besides replacing the wife and using the armoire for firewood, would anyone care to give some advice? It may be that I am well out of my league.

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#1 posted 04-23-2015 05:04 PM


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#2 posted 04-23-2015 05:04 PM

PIctures are going to be your best friend on this one. Id probably lean towards replacing all of the boards that make up the back of the armoire. There isn’t exactly a great way to butt join pieces together that will look great.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 04-23-2015 05:24 PM

I agree with chrisstef. Removing all of the back and starting over is probably the best solution to your problem. Need pictures to say for sure.

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#4 posted 04-23-2015 05:56 PM

I can cut the hole upper back section out and start fresh. That actually sounds a bit easier than my original plans.

As for a picture… this hole is only be seen from inside the armoire as the back of it will be facing a wall.

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#5 posted 04-23-2015 11:13 PM

Why not just apply new boards over the opening? They could be held in place with 1/4 round molding. Nobody will ever notice the missing depth in the cabinet.

-- Art

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#6 posted 04-23-2015 11:51 PM

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#7 posted 04-23-2015 11:52 PM

I’m embarrassed to say I thought you guys were suggesting I cover the hole with pictures.

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#8 posted 04-24-2015 12:00 AM

The quick and dirty fix would be a piece of paneling cut to fit and installed over the hole. As long as no one got behind it, no one would ever know.

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#9 posted 04-24-2015 01:28 AM

Square the hole up, cut some boards of the same thickness to fill the hole, then make a frame of 1/4” x 1” wood to cover the seams. front and back.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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