I have a shelving system where the vertical members are melamine boards.
When I took one apart the screw was stucked and when I pull it out it took a
small chuck of the board with it. Is there a way to repair this? Should I
fill it with wood filler and sand it back down?
That will help cosmetically, of course, but it won't do a whole
lot in the way of restoring the support which was prodided by
that screw. It's kind of like trying to patch cracking concrete
or mortar, where the fix is only as good as what it is sticking
to. Once you start chipping layers off of that stuff, the ones
below it are prone to ripping away next.
You might want to patch it and then install a new screw about an
inch to one side or the other for support.
The real Tom Pendergast [ So if you meet me, have some courtesy,
aka I-zheet M'drurz [ have some sympathy, and some taste.
Thanks, is there anything I can do to restore the strength? I seem to
remember something people use for bonding boat parts, some sort of a cloth
and liquid agent and is supposed to be stronger than the original material.
It will be difficult because this is not a standard board, but part of a
piece of finished furniture that I have taken apart. The board size is not
standard and it's about two and a half inches thick and it has hardware
embedded in it on both sides because it is a vertical member of a shelving
storage system. So the only choice I have is to repair it.
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