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unclearthur

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11-20-2019 01:18 AM

Looking for some advice on how best to fix a screw-up.

I’m making 4 closet sliding doors and was routing a small finger pull in one stile on each door.

Sure enough, on the last door I measured the location from the top instead of the bottom and routed it 2” too low.

So I squared off the hole, filled it as closely as I could by gluing in a piece of similar board. However, there was a small gap between the hole and the filled in piece on one side and the bottom. At its widest the gap is 1/64” at best, and tapers to zero over a few inches. I really don’t think I could do a better fit if I try again.

So I tried to fill the gap with some sawdust followed up with a little CA glue. This left it perfectly smooth but also left basically a dark black line where the gap was. Doesn’t look so good.

I then chipped out the CA glue along the bottom of the joint, which then leaves a gauge where the CA glue was.

I have maple and cherry Timbermate but one is too dark, the other too light. Nothing else on hand to tint or stain.

Not expecting perfection, just trying to make it a bit better. Any suggestions appreciated.

(Sorry for the sideways pictures; no idea how to fix).


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jbmaine

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#1 posted 11-20-2019 01:53 AM

Something you said. ” I have maple and cherry timbermate but one is too dark, the other too light”. So have you tried mixing them together, see if you can find the right shade?

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#2 posted 11-20-2019 02:06 AM

Are the doors the same on both sides? Patch the door, flip, and cut new finger pull leaving the patched side facing inside the closet if possible.

If not I would likely make the patch a little bigger to get away from the vertical lines of the finger pull running down into your patch. Go a little wider perhaps and dig through your scrap and match the grain and that color transition from darker to lighter effect you have on that board. The patch is just too light and grain absent compared to the door currently and just highlights the gap issue more.

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#3 posted 11-20-2019 02:11 AM

Make a new stile.

Flipping the door is a great idea, or try a new patch.

Nice looking doors!

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unclearthur

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#4 posted 11-20-2019 02:30 AM



Are the doors the same on both sides? Patch the door, flip, and cut new finger pull leaving the patched side facing inside the closet if possible.

- TravisH


The bottom part of the door is a raised panel, so the back is different. Also they are closet doors, so more or less one-sided. The back side was never meant to be seen and has its own issues.

I get what you are saying about a bigger patch. Have to think about that; if I get it wrong, then I’ve created an even bigger problem. Matching the wood was harder than I thought, even for the first patch, despite having lots of scrap pieces around.

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unclearthur

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#5 posted 11-20-2019 02:32 AM



Make a new stile.
- waho6o9

Doors already glued together, so that would be a lot of work. After 6 doors, I already have project fatigue. (Next time I’ll cut the handholds in the stiles before the final glueup)

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#6 posted 11-20-2019 02:52 AM

Would this be a spot for a flush mount keyhole for a lock? If no use for a lock, make it a faux lock.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#7 posted 11-20-2019 03:05 AM

Yes. Just went through that myself. CA does leave a dark line. I’d use a sharp chisel, cut a wedged groove and use titebond to glue in a patch of the same grain pattern. Wait til it dries then slice and sand. You will see it but nobody else will.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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unclearthur

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#8 posted 11-20-2019 03:33 AM



Yes. Just went through that myself. CA does leave a dark line. I’d use a sharp chisel, cut a wedged groove and use titebond to glue in a patch of the same grain pattern. Wait til it dries then slice and sand. You will see it but nobody else will.

- Andybb


Andy …. how wide and deep of a groove would you say …..?

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LeeRoyMan

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#9 posted 11-20-2019 03:34 AM

Possibly, rout it back out and make all the others longer to match.

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#10 posted 11-20-2019 10:51 AM



Possibly, rout it back out and make all the others longer to match.

- LeeRoyMan

This is the best, cleanest and most simple solution to your issue by far.

-- “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

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#11 posted 11-20-2019 11:07 AM

Depending upon how much clearance you have between the doors when they slide by each other, another option might be to route all of them to the same size and put in a piece that proud of the surface instead of using a pocket for the finger pull. If you make the part that is above the surface larger than the routed pocket (basically a tenon), it will cover any gaps. If you make the pull out of a contrasting piece of wood, it because a feature.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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gwilki

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#12 posted 11-20-2019 12:30 PM

I vote for LeeRoyMan’s solution.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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MPython

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#13 posted 11-20-2019 12:49 PM

Turn it into a decorative feature. Route a larger mortise and fill it with a contrasting wood. Then recut your finger pulls in the contrasting patch.

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#14 posted 11-20-2019 01:26 PM


Turn it into a decorative feature. Route a larger mortise and fill it with a contrasting wood. Then recut your finger pulls in the contrasting patch.

- MPython

This is probably what I would do.

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#15 posted 11-20-2019 03:34 PM

I’d definitely do LeeRoyMan’s suggestion. I’d never be able to do a patch that I’d be happy with, unless I was painting the doors.

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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