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Forum topic by Carloz posted 11-30-2017 05:32 AM 677 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2017 05:32 AM

I was routing a rabbet in the frame on the floor in an awkward position, slipped and gouged wood pretty bad. The rabbet is to accept a raised panel and the gauge would be visible. This is a big piece already glued together so redoing if is out of the question. So how to fix it?

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#1 posted 11-30-2017 08:54 AM

Chisel out a clean recess and glue in a matching piece (called a “Dutchman”). Then shape the patch to match the work.

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#2 posted 11-30-2017 09:16 AM


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#3 posted 11-30-2017 02:41 PM

A dutchman looks like someone tried to cover a sloppy job(which is true here). What about filling it with black epoxy and pretending there was a knot?

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#4 posted 11-30-2017 03:24 PM

Epoxy putty. You can find a color that matches quite closely and it works very easily. I had a nasty tear out coping the end of a rail on a bi-fold linen closet door. Worse, it was on the lock rail on the face that showed. The repair is virtually invisible. You can blend two colors to get a better match if necessary, or even add pigment when kneading. I always do test pieces before doing the repair.

One tip is to keep the lines between the fill and the epoxy uneven. A straight line catches the eye.

This is what I’ve posted to two repair questions recently about the putty:

Several companies make epoxy putty sticks in a variety of colors. It’s like a cannoli with resin and hardener in a concentric tube. You slice off a piece, knead it until it’s uniform and you have maybe 5 or 10 minutes to press it in place. Keep your fingers wet so it doesn’t stick to your hands. After around 20 minutes, you can carve it to get the basic shape, and after an hour or two, you can sand it and, if needed, touch it up with some stain or dye. Hit it with some aerosol lacquer and you’re set.

Like I said, several companies make it, my preferred brand is Mohawk. Check out their youtube videos for more details.

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#5 posted 11-30-2017 03:58 PM

I’ve always been happiest when I replace errors. The milling operations are fresh in your mind, so it’ll be quick to replicate. The existing pieces can be broken down and milled into parts for your next project.

It does sting when you’ve already done the glueup though.

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#6 posted 11-30-2017 05:54 PM

its hard to tell from the photo, but is it in a place where you can do a rip cut to remove the entire ‘bad’ side of the rabbet, then glue on a this replacement strip? sort of a very long skinny dutchman that would not look so obvious, appearing more like a glue line.

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#7 posted 11-30-2017 05:56 PM

I was just getting ready to say the same thing Tung oil said.. I agree

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#8 posted 11-30-2017 06:25 PM

I think I would go with epoxy like Rich mentioned and make it look like a knot. I’m not sure I would want to invest the amount of time it would take to rip the messed up part off and figure out how to put a replacement in it’s place plus I would always worry if the replacement would hold up since it is a thin strip glued onto the rest of the board.

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#9 posted 11-30-2017 06:30 PM

The picture shows it’s glued up, so ripping wouldn’t be an option. Frankly, Willie’s suggestion is the best one; suck it up and do it again. Cut up the damaged frame and use the wood somewhere else.

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#10 posted 11-30-2017 08:07 PM

That is pretty easy to fix. As noted above, cut out a dutchman and patch with good wood. You probably have scrap of the same wood, so it will be easy to match. Just glue it in and shape with plane/chisel/sandpaper. A little wood filler and you won’t even notice it. I make mistakes like this all the time and don’t even blink an eye: easy fix.

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