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HAC Wall Clock Door Repair

Royce

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There are several spots around the glass on the door that have opened up cracks as the wood has dried out and shrunk (I think). I'm soliciting advise on how one might go about repairing these cracks. My thoughts are to wet the area around the cracks, inject glue into the cracks and then put a wet cloth over the area and a hot clothing iron on the cloth in hopes this will swell the wood and close the cracks. Does this make any sense or what is your suggestion??
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I appreciate your thoughts and advise.
Royce
 

bikerclockguy

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I would avoid the water and the iron, as this will discolor the wood at a minimum, and is likely to cause other problems as well. I would tackle that one with wood glue and a good set of woodworker’s clamps.
 

Thomas Sanguigni

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It is my opinion that the crack may be difficult to clamp. It may be a job for plastic wood used carefully. After it has dried, sand smooth, and use a sharp dental pick to recreate the veins. After staining, you may need to do a bit of grain painting. It cannot be a rush job. Each step has to be carefully planned. It will look very nice in the end.


Before patch and grain painting:
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bikerclockguy

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You have nothing to lose by “mocking up” a clamp and glue repair, and if it looks like it will work, you will have an easier and more original-looking repair. I would dry clamp it with the jaws as indicated in red and blue. If it pulls together flush, and I think it will, as I don’t see any significant wood loss, loosen the clamps, squirt wood glue in the cracks, and tighten the clamps. Wipe off excess glue with a damp cloth, and let it sit for 24 hours. This will make a solid, strong repair, and if you need to touch up a spot or 2, then use the wood putty and paint.
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bikerclockguy

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You’re welcome, and let us know how it turns out!
 
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