A friend has asked my opinion on repairing an old cedar chest with a
cracked board and chipped-off corner:
The advice I gave him is below, do you have anything to add or revise?
It looks like the big long crack could be glued. If the board can be
removed, the crack can be gently cleaned out, glued clamped, and
reinstalled. I would advise this over replacement, because the chances
of finding a hunk of cedar that matches the knots and grain are pretty
slim. All the stuff currently available is from crops, and it's
really too straight to have that old look to it.
The board with the missing corner is a different story. I see two ways
to go with this one:
· Patch, or cut and replace. To patch would leave most of the board
intact with a reasonably obvious rectangular patch where the missing
· The other alternative would be to remove the board, rip it to a
narrower width that removes the damaged area, then gluing on a narrow
replacement board. This could then be reinstalled, possibly upside down
to hide the new strip in the middle of the panel, or just up on top if
it looks better as a border.
In either case, it would be best if the new piece were stained and
finished before attaching, so that the original stain and finish are
left intact. The gluing surfaces of this piece would need to be
taped-off so they wouldn't be contaminated with stain or finish. It
would be nice to save and reuse that nail too.