Hints and Tips #25: Old trick for an open miter

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 07-29-2016 05:53 PM 2389 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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[Below] Ever have one miter that doesn’t quite close? Here’s a trick I got from somewhere at some time.

[Below] Dab some wood glue on the open miter and work it in to the joint. Wipe off any excess, but don’t use water.

[Below] Go over the joint with your sander. A random orbit sander works best. The saw dust from the sanding fills the joint. Note: this won’t work on wide gaps unless you’re painting the piece.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 07-29-2016 11:06 PM

Have used that trick many a time.
One other trick I like to use is stain and finish the frame in my case face frame and then before the finish coat put some colored putty to fill the joint, don’t do it before you put your first coat of stain and finish the putty can seal the wood around it and won’t let the stain soak in.
Just my $.02

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#2 posted 07-30-2016 12:23 AM

Good tip, Dave! I’ve heard this one before, but it’s good to be reminded.

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#3 posted 07-30-2016 11:44 AM

Good tip. Thanks for posting.

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