Modern Computer Desk #6: Filling the gaps in the mitered case corners

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Blog entry by Ron Stewart posted 04-28-2017 07:16 PM 2350 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The gaps in the case corners was a source of wounded pride, but they were really easy to address using sawdust and glue. (I also considered burnishing, but reserved that for a backup plan. Fortunately, I didn’t need it.)

I started by taping both sides of the gap to keep glue off the surfaces.

Then I filled the gap with white glue.

Next, I dusted the glue with wood dust and pressed it into the gap with my fingers.

Finally, I rubbed across the gap with my finger to remove any excess glue/dust mixture and removed the tape.

The glue/dust mixture contracted slightly as it dried, so I repeated the procedure.

I then did the same thing for any gaps on the edges of the panels.

I’m getting ahead of myself, but I worried that the finish (danish oil) might highlight the fill, but a quick test showed that everything would be okay.

With the case complete, next up was the back panel.

-- Ron Stewart

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#1 posted 04-28-2017 11:48 PM

The 45 degree miter is truly my Achilles heel. Sometimes they come out perfect, sometimes not so good. I’ve used this method and many others and it does work. Nice recovery! Another method I use for repair is keep those super thin cut offs. Sometimes they will fill the gap just right. With a sanding they come out real nice.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#2 posted 04-30-2017 07:39 PM

I haven’t cut enough to know if it will be my Achilles heel too. I suspect that a dedicated 45-degree sled is the answer.

-- Ron Stewart

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