Dads Wooden Box Repair Advice

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Blog entry by tsmith posted 12-12-2008 07:16 PM 883 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dad passed several years ago now but left me a box he had made when a kid and gave to his mom. It is in disrepair with glue joints failing (@ 50 years old). Memory not serving well regarding the top including or not including a lip. However the top is hinged and hinges recessed. The wood retains a bit of shine on 80% of the exterior, interior has no shine. The box measures @6 inches across front, @4 inches to back and @3 inches tall. The grain is red to brown, not sure if it’s mahogany.

I wonder if I should glue-up only the pieces that readily come apart or attemt to seperate all pieces before the glue-up?

I have recently seen many small wood projects that include NO finish and are extremely beautiful.
I suppose I could leave the finish the way it is … as opposed to removing the current one.

Any suggestions ??

-- tsmith - Garland, TX.

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#1 posted 12-12-2008 08:01 PM

I would just glue what has seperated

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 12-12-2008 09:26 PM

I am leaning toward what Rustic says.

Every situation is different and it helps to have it in my hands to see how stable the overall structure is.

Posting photos may help display some of the issues?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 12-12-2008 09:35 PM


I have made a few repairs and to bring out some good color in an old project, I just hit it with Watco Danish Oil. This is one of the safest courses of action. Even if it has some finish on it, you shouldn’t hurt anything.

I have done this with old doors, trim, and cabinetry and it worked great. Even with follow-up visits some time later, it seemed to work and continue to look good. Most of these projects had a previous finish on them, I just used the oil over it.

I am not a refinishing expert, I do my best with new projects.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 12-13-2008 02:12 AM

I think some pictures would help in giving advise.

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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#5 posted 12-13-2008 07:38 PM

I wpuld say…what you do with it depends on how much of your dad’s work you want in it. If it was my dads work, mine is gone too, I would probably give it a little pull to test the joint that are still stuck together. If they don’t fail, leave tem, do repairs with the least amount of your influence,,,maybe some Danish oil like Todd said and enjoy your dad’s work.

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#6 posted 12-16-2008 05:50 PM

I believe I like the idea. I thank you for your thoughts.
The next message reply was from a guy saying “Send pictures”

I will do these things

Thanks again.

-- tsmith - Garland, TX.

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#7 posted 12-16-2008 05:57 PM


I will send pics once we get past the Holidays and I can get it done.
Thanks fo the ideas.


-- tsmith - Garland, TX.

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