I'm trying to repair a wall unit that was damaged during transport.
Basically a harsh stop forced the door to drop and the sudden drop
smashed the hinges and tore out some other supports. Trying to
reattach the door I've discovered that the wood will no longer
accepted new screws, the old ones being lost in the truck. Like I said
this is because the screws were torn from the chipboard under force!
I'm trying to figure out ways that I can make possible repairs to the
chipboard that would allow the screws to be recieved and the weight of
the door to be accepted again by the supports. The unit in question is
a bar unit and the door acts as an area to pour drinks. The inside of
the door had a mirrored sheet of glass (yet to be replaced).
Still looking for the hinges too! Who'd have thought they'd be a
nuisance to find!!
Before anyone suggests replacing the unit or the door, the unit is
part of a set of units and any replacements would be out of place. A
new unit is impossible because it was built late 70's/ early 80's. It
came from my parents and I rather like the thing!
I don't totally understand the damage from the description. In a
typical stripped out screw hole we will take a bundle of toothpicks or
something like that, glom them with wood glue and tap them into the
hole. Let dry, trim flush, screw away.
Time for "snot" AKA: Epoxy thickened with microballoons.
Aggressively remove all damaged areas with 60 grit right angle sander.
Drill out all screw holes with a 3/4 dia bit.
Think of yourself as a dentist removing tooth decay before filling.
Once all damaged material has been removed, mix up some laminating
epoxy thickened with epoxy to the consistency of stiff snot and putty
all damaged areas proud.
Lay unit on side and tape underside of holes to trap snot in 3/4
Allow to cure 48 hours, then sand repair flush and drill hinge holes
When unit has returned to compost, epoxy patch will still be there,
A pencil sharpener will put a cone on a small dowel. Cut the cone off and
glue it in the old screw hole. After trimming the cone flush, drill a pilot
hole and insert the new screw. You can also whittle the cones, but a pencil
sharpener is quicker.
If you have a largish area of tear out, you can fill with enough
sawdust and glue to
make a thick mixture and fill, let dry day or so, then sand, color the
a wax stick to match, then redrill
You could also fill with a reddish tinted bondo, (a little more
hardener in the mix) and redrill
If just a small tear out of the hole, then fill with a piece of glued
in dowel and redrill
with a good brad point bit. Better yet, drill with a hinge centering
bit which will prevent
the hole from getting off center in the hinge plate,
Ordinary woodfillers are much too weak for this, go with car body
The recessed hinges should be available at any BM or diy shed. There
are 2 sizes, and a few different opening patterns. Or you might have
sprung surface hinges - who knows.
The hinges are a flush fitting flap hinges. They look like a number 8.
The damage to the wood isn't there though. The hinges themselves
smashed at the pin which makes them unusable now. Part metal, part
plastic these things were!! The damage to the wood is where the fall
flap stays were attached. The actual stays weren't damaged, just the
locations where they were mounted.
You might find a suitable replacement hinge here:
Note: Their catalogues are the big PDF documents and have *lots* of
hinges and detail in them - including fixing positions, screw sizes, etc.
If so, you (probably) can get them from:
even if it needs a special order.
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