Tote Repair

  • Advertise with us

« back to Hand Tools forum

Forum topic by GrumpyGolfGuy posted 01-12-2021 03:36 PM 352 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View GrumpyGolfGuy's profile


107 posts in 310 days

01-12-2021 03:36 PM

I’ve recently acquired a Stanley #7 type 19 in pretty good condition. As you can see the tote has issues. Thanks to KYtoolsmith I have a replacement on the way. But I figured this could be a good learning experience.

So I’m looking for thoughts/suggestions on how to deal with the space created when the tote was repaired/glued back together.


8 replies so far

View LittleShaver's profile


727 posts in 1634 days

#1 posted 01-12-2021 03:43 PM

You might try filling the gap with a piece of contrasting wood. Flatten our the mating surfaces and glue in a thin piece to fill the gap. Racing stripe for your plane.

-- Sawdust Maker

View Kudzupatch's profile


125 posts in 2223 days

#2 posted 01-12-2021 05:09 PM

Me, I would flatten out the break, glue and then reshape the handle to make up for the misalignment that will be there. A little rasping and sanding and varnish and it would work fine. Of course the screw might be to long then.

If that is the case then as some else said you could insert a strip of wood and glue it up. Either way will make a good user handle. I am not a collector so that is what I would do.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats*

View xedos's profile


214 posts in 314 days

#3 posted 01-12-2021 06:52 PM

I’ve found that rosewood doesn’t glue all that well in this situation/ location. Mechanical help has always been required if I didn’t want the handle to break again. Dowels, pics, rods ect….


View BurlyBob's profile (online now)


8512 posts in 3280 days

#4 posted 01-12-2021 07:16 PM

I’ve repaired many totes like that. Clean it real well with acetone, Run a long bolt thru the hole, glue it with epoxy glue and then tighten the bolt down with washers and nuts. It’s a pretty simple process. The acetone removes the natural oils in the rosewood which makes for a good glue up.

View GrumpyGolfGuy's profile


107 posts in 310 days

#5 posted 01-12-2021 07:53 PM

I guess I should have explained in my original post. The tote was already glued together when I got it. Pretty solid repair. Just a gap and minor misalignment is all.

You might try filling the gap with a piece of contrasting wood. Flatten our the mating surfaces and glue in a thin piece to fill the gap. Racing stripe for your plane.

- LittleShaver

I like your idea, as I’m more of a user guy. And I do have plenty of options in the scrap bin.

View drsurfrat's profile


489 posts in 201 days

#6 posted 01-12-2021 09:14 PM

That is glued? ouch. I usually break them apart (I doubt it’s very strong) chip away the old glue and start again to be a smoother mate. any missing slivers I fill in with epoxy and dark sawdust.

Definitely scrub it with acetone like BurlyBob said

You might try your hand at making a new one. It is shoulder-aching, but satisfying. I like cherry. I don’t like the ash set I made.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

View HokieKen's profile


16727 posts in 2153 days

#7 posted 01-12-2021 09:58 PM

You could just mix some sawdust that’s the right color with yellow glue and fill the gap with it. If you just want to fill the gap, that’s how I’d do it. If you want to make the repair disappear though, I’d cut through the joint with a bandsaw, flatten the faces, glue them back together and re-shape. Acetone has always made glue stick to rosewood for me like BB said.

Edit to add: Like Mike suggests, I’d probably be more inclined to make a new tote if you have some wood you like for it rather than put that effort into repairing a repair ;-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

View corelz125's profile (online now)


2398 posts in 1990 days

#8 posted 01-13-2021 12:16 AM

Sort of like what Bob said I use a long toggle bolt and some over sized washers to glue it back together. You get good pressure that way.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics