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July 10, 2012

Oak Sewing Machine Cabinet Repair – II

The edge substrate, and veneer repair went well, now it is time to repair the main split.

I used the same technique with a pallet knife to introduce the Fish Glue under the veneer, making sure both surfaces and all areas in the void have glue.  I then pressed down the clear plastic clamping block and forced out some excess flue.  I wiped off the block and veneer, dried them with a rag then added clamps.  I used the wood beams to force down the ends of the clamp block.

I can work on other areas of repair while this dries today.



  1. Hi Stephen,

    Why did you choose fish glue rather than hide glue?


    Comment by Chris Wong — July 10, 2012 @ 10:42 am

  2. Chris,

    I could have also used liquid hide glue, however I have a bottle of Fish Glue I need to use up. It also has an aggressive initial tack and on these small repairs work fine. Some of the smaller repairs are ready to work in an hour.

    I will fire up the glue pot when I hammer veneer.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — July 10, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

  3. Hi Stephen,

    I’d love to see more detail on that wood ‘c’ clamp.


    Comment by Pete — July 10, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

  4. I’ve done a number of these machines But I’m curious, why didn’t you take the lip off to repair?

    Comment by john — July 11, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

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