Date: 3 November 2018. Repairing Veneer.
Nothing good happens when I am
tired, especially late at night. Just this past week I was not
careful when opening a locker under my silverware drawer. The door
is plywood with a teak veneer. I managed to snag a piece of the
veneer which came off. Ugh. It looked ugly. Here's how I solved the
issue for free, with stuff I had aboard Seaweed.
Under the silverware drawer is a locker I use for my
My filled jars of food wax and wane, depending upon how
ambitious I am to restock the locker.
I have written a few articles on
canning meats. If you are a novice, start here:
Canning Primer (Preserving Meats, Part 1)
Aboard Seaweed for years I did not have a working
refrigerator. Actually I had one, but not the power to run it.
I lived without a way to keep meats cool. Last year I joined the new
millennium thanks to Larry and Eva:
I now have a working reefer. Life is
indeed very good.
I love my Haier refrigerator. The
Powering the Refrigerator
series details how to have refrigeration while living life off the
Haier 3.1 cubic foot ↑
The desire to have healthy meats
not laden with salt and multi-syllable ingredients was a driving
force in my canning. Without the power to run a reefer, I needed
options. Canning my own provided the best one for me. Store-bought canned meats either
came in too
large a container or were way too salty.
I knew I could do
better by processing my own meat. I still preserve meats today. Now
my canning is for fun. In addition to main course fodder, I also
make my own jams and jellies. That is because I prefer less sugar
than those sold in grocery stores.
But I digress...
The canned goods locker has a plywood door. That door has a thin
layer of veneer. When I opened the door late at night, I cracked off
a piece of the veneer.
The first thing I did after
breaking off part of the veneer was get out my
Elmer's Glue (2 pack). DO NOT
any other brand.
There is a difference, so splurge and spend for the name brand for
this particular item.
Elmer's Glue (affiliate link) has a cap from a battery terminal atop the
orange part that opens. That is because
the glue sits in a sunny window. Eventually the sun will crack the
orange part, so I keep it covered.
You also might notice that
grey/black gizmo Velcro'ed to the rail. The Velcro is from a bunch
of broccoli incidentally. The grey/black thing was a gel wrist guard
for a computer mouse. When someone was going to throw it away I
asked for it. I thought I could use it to cushion that piece of rail.
Occasionally I would lean back too
rapidly and conk my head on the wood. The wrist guard is just the correct width.
It serves a purpose. I don't believe guests
even realize it is there. If they leaned back they will find the cush far more comfortable than a wooden fiddle rail. I do anyway!
I took out my Elmer's glue. I ran a
strip of glue down the piece that I had broken off. Another line of
added to the notch where the wood needed to be reinserted. Then I attached the strip to the
door. It fell off. Twice.
Finally I got out my vise grips and secured the piece in
place at the bottom.
What I should have done:
Buy special wood glue. Then locate my
C-Clamps at bottom of a locker in the galley, and remove same. Carefully apply
specialty wood glue to both the locker door and the separated strip
of veneer. Next sandwich the repaired area are between two stiff pieces of plastic. Secure it all
together with C-clamps. Wait six hours for the glue to dry. Remove
accoutrements, and finally put everything away.
What I did:
I got the job done in just a few minutes using the standard Elmer's glue and vise grips. Is it perfect? No. It is
When I first owned
Seaweed I wanted everything ship shape. Daddy's boat was dang near
perfect and I desired the same. Finally I realized that I was
paralyzed by perfection. Now I am striving for Good Enough. Seaweed
is not quite perfect however she is getting better all the time.
The veneer repair is nearly invisible. The piece
↓ BROKE AT
THE RED ARROW
and is now fixed. It was approximately 1/2" wide and about six
With a coat of varnish the whole repair should disappear into the
All this was done because I had
onboard a bottle of
Elmer's School Glue.
If you ever wonder what I do in
the middle of the night, besides writing and reading that is, well,
now you know. I fix stuff.
Thanks for reading.
Do you have Elmer's glue in your home?
Do you use Elmer's for stuff other than paper crafts? What do you use it
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