I picked up this cabinet from a local garage sale. The woman said “If it smells funny, that’s because it was used to store chemicals”, but other than that I have no clues as to its age or provenance.
One of the doors has had a couple of locks cut through its tenon. I want to repair this but don’t want to take the door apart if I can help it (it uses kerf-wedged through tenons).
Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to do this? I’ve attached some pictures below for clarity.
it doesn’t look to me that the tenon went all the way through the stile. Check on the other door to see. It looks like the tenon just stops short of the hole that has been drilled.
It does look like the tenon cheeks has been reduced in thickness. You could chisel out the bad wood and then glue in a piece to build up the cheek to its original thickness. The length of the tenon should be fine as it is.
With the stile, you’d have to chop out anything that isn’t solid or original. It looks like there had been some filler pieces added.
Then fill in the circle on the face with a round piece. Looks like someone had done this to the previous lock and that’s why you see a crescent shaped piece of wood.
Then fill in the rest of the stile with new wood. Dovetail them in if you want for more strength.
Epoxy may be better for doing the joint as you can use it as a filler too and this way you can sand it flush.
Then of course, bondo and paint.
Thanks for the suggestions guys. I’ve never heard of Bondo but I think I can guess.
Jude, what I think you’re seeing as a tenon is the remaining wood between two grooves, it doesn’t actually go into the stile. The other door shows a through tenon.
I actually found some time today to have a go at it before anyone replied. I’ve chopped out the bad stuff, routed the recess level, and stuck in a new bit for the stile. I’ll stick a new bit in to build up the rail and then butterfly key them together.
Well, seems like you know what you’re doing.
Bondo is automotive body filler. It can be used as a wood filler.
From what I recall, in Blighty you can get Isopon. It’s been a while since I was there, but that’s what I remember my Dad using on cars and such when we were there. You probably want Isopon P38 from Halford’s or the like.
This link is for Minwax high performance wood filer. Basically it is car body filler. I used it to repair some damaged window sills and painted over it. Great stuff.
Wear a mask when sanding.
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