Tote Repair, Fix The Crack #3: Re-glue

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Blog entry by hhhopks posted 09-24-2012 02:52 AM 6338 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Glue up Part 3 of Tote Repair, Fix The Crack series Part 4: Where's The Crack? »

The yellow just won’t work with rosewood. As JC suggested the epoxy should be used. I should know better. It must be old age. I have to learn my lesson more than once. The yellow glue didn’t held up to the test at all. After letting the tote to sit and dry for couple days. It snaps off with easy. The glue really never set. It was still soft.
I had to start over. I ran hot water over glue spot and scrubbed with a tooth brush until all the visible glue are gone. This time I used epoxy. I was easy applying a thin layer on the break surface of the tote. I used the rubber band method to hold the pieces in place while the epoxy sets.


Here’s what it looked like the next day. I then sand off the residue. It is starting to look good and bond appears to really good.

On close examination it is apparent that you could see the crack line on the tote. You could also feel the crack line. I think I made another mistake of wiping too much of the epoxy of the tote. If you recall, one of the original objective is to make the repair transparent as much as possible. The current status doesn’t meet the requirement.

To remedy the problem, I filled fine crack line with CA glue and sand off the excess after it dries. Visually the crack line is still there. Now I got my black permanent marker out. The idea is like putting make up on the tote. The rosewood is often marked with dark heavy lines. By drawing dark black lines following the existing grain pattern, enhancing and adding lines to distract our eyes from the crack line. After letting it dry for a few minutes, I gently sand the marked area to try to get it to blend it. This repeated several times until I am happy with it. The sanding will soften the lines from the marker. In addition, the finish will blend the lines farther which helpfully will make the crack line harder to see.

I got an old can of polyurethane that needs to get used up. I decided to use it before it goes bad. Basically, just the routine finishes sequence. I am horrible at furnish and don’t have the patients. Lightly sand between coats, 3-coats and I am done. I’ll show the finished tote as a conclusion to the blog series.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#1 posted 09-24-2012 03:48 AM

Nice glue up. Whats up with the marker?

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