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Setup and Features
Router Bits
Routing System Safety
Special Cautions on Materials & Techniques
Routing System Operations
Decorative Surface Cuts
Building Fixtures
Repairing Furniture & Veneers
Using Drill Press Vise to Hold Workpiece
Under Table Operations

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Repairing Furniture and Veneers

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Figure 22-42. Damaged furniture or veneers such as this can be easily repaired on the routing system.

The routing system is the ideal tool for repairing damaged furniture and veneers (Figure 22-42) if the damaged piece is small enough to work on the surface of the table.

To accomplish this task, first rout out the area to be repaired by guiding the damaged piece against a fence. Be sure to use a straight bit large enough to remove an area slightly larger than the damage (Figure 22-43).


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Figure 22-43. Using a fence or guide strip, rout out an area slightly larger than the damage.

If you're working with a solid wood piece, cut all the way through the stock to form an elongated hole in the wood. If you're repairing a veneered area, be careful to cut no deeper than the veneer.

If you have cut a through-hole in the piece to be repaired, position a piece of wood of approximately the same grain pattern under the hole and trace the shape onto it.

If you have cut only to the depth of the veneer, lay a piece of tracing paper over the cut-out area and trace the shape onto it. Then, using carbon paper, trace the shape onto the piece of stock you plan to use as a plug...being careful to make this tracing about 1/32" to 1/16" larger than the actual cut-out.

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Figure 22-44. Make a plug of matching wood to drop into the routed-out area on your damaged piece.

Next, using a scroll saw or bandsaw, cut the plug out of your workpiece (Figure 22-44).

Using a disc sander with the table tilted about 5°, carefully sand around the edges of your plug. By tilting the table, your plug should be slightly smaller at the bottom than it is at the top. This will allow the plug to drop into the damaged cut-out easily.

Now, test the plug for fit. If it is too large, keep sanding around the edges until it drops into the routed-out area snugly. Once the piece fits, glue it into position.

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Figure 22-45. Drop your plug into position, glue and sand off flush with the surface. Stain to match.

After the glue has dried, sand off any protruding stock (on both sides) and stain the plug to match (Figure 22-45). If there are any voids left by the taper of the plug on the back side, fill them in with wood putty or plastic wood before staining.

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