Epoxy to fix, strengthen Ebony wood box?

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Forum topic by Miller1 posted 10-05-2019 12:38 AM 367 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-05-2019 12:38 AM

I am restoring an Anglo Indian travel desk. The actual box itself was made of ebony and the stress on the wood from the hinges has broken one side and fractured the other. I’m thinking epoxy would strengthen these weak points and then I could go over the top of that with a super glue and ebony dust mixture.

This is a a large, heavy box. What would you all recommend? Is there a forum for restoration projects? Thanks.

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#1 posted 10-05-2019 12:58 AM

I prefer to use West Systems epoxy and fillers. They have good information on wood repair too.

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#2 posted 10-05-2019 01:44 AM

The wood dust can also be mixed with the epoxy. It can even be mixed into the repair epoxy, and won’t weaken the joint if you use a modest amount of dust.

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#3 posted 10-05-2019 02:21 AM

You might want to consider using hide glue instead of epoxy and super glue. When restoring antiques, it is usually best to use the same kind of glue that was used when it was made and anything made before 1950’s was probably made with hot hide glue. The nice thing about HHG is that it is reversible so if you make your repair in a way that collectors don’t like, it can be undone or repaired again using hide glue. If you don’t want to mess with hot hide glue look at either Titebond Liquid hide glue or Old Brown Glue.

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#4 posted 10-05-2019 02:28 AM

If I could clean the repair area of oil and dust and the surfaces mated well I personally would use HH glue also.

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#5 posted 10-05-2019 04:36 AM

If the piece has any antique value you will destroy it by using epoxy, pva, or any other “modern” glues.
Hot hide glue is what should be used but that’s not all there is to restoration. You should be thinking of preserving the patina and making your presence as imperceptible as possible.

If it has no antique value ….. fill yer boots.

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