How to repair your project when bad things happen

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OK I did a pictorial of the process and I ran into a few adjustments I needed to make the patch. I use a piece of scrap pine, which created problems I hadn’t ran into the few times I’ve used this technique I will point out along the way.

First up, we have the board with a screw ran through that needs a patch.

Next, take your gouge and remove a chunk around the area to be patched:

Find a suitable plug for the patch in a piece of scrap.

Here is where things got tricky. The first patch I made I didn’t consider how the grain aligned within the hole after it was sanded and consequently my first attempt the grain shifted and became really noticeable once stain was applied. So I cut the first patch out and on the third attempt I was able to anticipate where the grain was going to end-up after sanding.
So once you have your Patch in the hole and lined up the way you want like this:

Smear glue in the hole only and just enough so as to not have any overage squeeze out on the surface. On my first patch I put the glue on the patch itself and when I pressed it with the hot iron it squeezed out and the stain didn’t adhere to the area.

Here is the 3rd plug glued in place. It took 30 seconds to dry the glue with the Iron set to cotton.

I re-sand it flat and applied a stain, blow dried it and put a couple coats of aerosol lacquer on it. Notice it is perfectly flat when the sheen is over the patch. The brown Urea Resin glue did bleed through a little but overall not a bad patch and better than using putty.

I only had to use this technique less than a half dozen times in my career as a woodworker. The few times I did it wasn’t on anything as soft and porous and white pine.

I hope this helps out. My uncle whom I was taught once said “I isn’t so much how good you are as it is how good you fix your mistakes”.

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#1 posted 07-19-2018 04:25 PM

I could write a book on how to ( try ), to fix mistakes, some good, some bad. I’ve had enough practice. LOL

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 07-20-2018 03:40 AM

Good to know, thanks for the great pictorial.

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