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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-05-2011, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Building two walnut toolboxs with cherry drawer fronts for my grandson and myself. I used through dovetail joints to build the box and I have some chips and very small gaps. I have read about using slivers, using sawdust with shellac, sawdust with hide glue. Any recommendations or other ideas. I have not started on the drawers yet, but probably will have the same kind of problems.

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Welcome John.
Depending on the size of the gaps you could use wood glue & apply some to gap with your finger. Wait a few minutes till it starts to tack up & sand with orbital sander. The sand dust created should mix & fill into the area. After dust has filled maybe wait a few minutes more for glue to dry some more with dust imbedded before sanding flush.

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I'm wary of using glue/sawdust to fill gaps, holes, etc as it doesn't take stain or even clear lacquer the same way as timber in my own experience. Depending on the finish required it may be best to do a trial run in a piece of scrap first


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Hi John

Just one more way to fill the gap(s) in joints.

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Very nice and helpful

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Hey John... welcome to the community...

I've been working on several small boxes of late and one of them was a simple box joint. I ended up for reasons unknown with several very small gaps. I took the sliver route to make the repairs and it worked out beautifully. Can't even tell when looking!!

One of the things I like to do is keep all the cutoff's while working on a given project until I'm done. That way, I have matching wood. For the boxjoints I simply cut slivers from a piece the same width, glued the pieces in place and let dry. Once dry, I fitted and glued the side together. I did make sure end grain/long grain were correct. If not, it'll stand out...I can see where using a small gents saw like in the video BJ posted would work very well in many cases.



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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-06-2011, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks gentlemen, I will try some of the ideas and see which one I can do best.
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