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Repair Shop Treatment for Distressed Blackboard

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Project by Don Johnson posted 10-08-2020 10:42 AM 671 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Our village is lucky to have a couple of residents who run a fish shop in a nearby town, but who bring their van loaded with goodies to our new farm shop each week. They brought me a blackboard that they wanted to use to show a list of their wares as there is not much display area in the back of their small van, but the board was in a very sorry state.
It had been left out in a yard, and the bottom rail was completely rotted, the top rail had lost one side of its groove (dado), and there were lots of rusty nails that were failing to keep the mitred joints closed on the joints that had not already separated.
In the UK, we have a TV programme called ‘The Repair Shop’, where people bring in treasured objects for a variety of experts to repair and renovate, and their results are often amazing – bringing items back from seemingly impossible to repair condition to ‘as good as new’. I thought that I would try to use my limited talents to do a similar job on the pieces of the blackboard, so began by carefully easing out all the old rusty nails. The areas around each joint were like Swiss cheese when the nails were removed, and there was residue of different types of glue that had been used originally and for earlier repairs, so – as the board was quite large and could therefore be cut down a little – I decided to shorten the rails and cut new mitres. I cut a rebate for an inlay to replace the missing side of the groove in the top rail, but had to replace the bottom rail completely. As the board had swollen slightly over the years, after trimming it to its new size, I widened the grooves in the frame pieces a little so that it would fit easily.
I glued the frame together using a strap clamp, and after the glue had set, because I have had problems with using nails to reinforce joints, I cut slots for splines – not an easy task to hold such a tall frame in my jig. I sanded down the splines, and the rest of the frame to remove the old finish, and then applied three coats of varnish, and it then looked a lot better.
I had been asked if I could make the board free-standing so I initially intended to put a strut or legs on the back, but as the blackboard is double-sided that would preclude easy use of the back for displaying an alternative list. I therefore added a single – adjustable and lockable – strut to the top of the board, which could be attached from either side.
The owners of the board were very pleased with the result, but once again I had not taken any pictures of the board in its initial sorry state, so – unlike the TV programme – I am unable to show the ‘before and after’ shots that usually end each renovation.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 10-08-2020 11:42 AM

Don, it’s the end result that counts more than progress pictures and in this case it looks fine and functional.

not being familiar with your pricing, can you help me out with some of the costs listed ? like maybe the cod filet ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Don Johnson

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#2 posted 10-08-2020 02:11 PM



not being familiar with your pricing, can you help me out with some of the costs listed ? like maybe the cod filet ?
- recycle1943

The cod filet is shown as £19 per kilo – which is 14.75$ for 2.2 lbs or 6.68$ per pound

Fish is expensive in the UK – possibly because the EU stole our fishing rights and we need to get them back now that we’ve left.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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#3 posted 10-08-2020 05:11 PM

Job well done – you lived up to “The Repair Shop” standard of excellence. I have enjoyed the program here in the states on Amazon Prime

-- socrbent Ohio

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#4 posted 10-09-2020 11:46 AM

Thanks Don – I just googled Cod – the first one I saw was frozen cod filet, a package of 32oz for $8.99us so guess it is pretty expensive over there.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 10-10-2020 09:15 AM

That’s one beaut selection of fresh fish on the chalkboard.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 10-11-2020 12:55 AM

Well done Don. Even Will couldn’t have done any better. We love watching ‘The Repair Shop’; it’s a very well done show in addition to the craftsmanship and knowledge of the experts.

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