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Re: Repairing my great grandfathers wardrobe door

Posted By: James Schooley <jschooleyfamily@earthlink.net> (pmspen1-122.rconnect.com)
Date: 2/15/3 21:21

In Response To: Repairing my great grandfathers wardrobe door (Kathy Holt)

The method I prefer for this problem is quick and effective and durable. I put a good wood glue in to the location where the screws belong, usually one screw hole at a time and with some of the screws still in place. This helps keep things lined up. Then I tap in some wooden matches also with glue on them, burned ones work well since they are now pointed. Break off the part that protrudes from the hole and repeat this till the hole is full of match wood. Replace the screw and proceed through all the holes until all are repaired. This has never failed for me and best of all you won't need to drill out any wood. The problem I see with dowels is they are made from a hard wood that can split and wood matches are made from soft wood, they will compress and take a new thread easily.

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