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IRONGATEJIM

Wood imperfections

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A friend of mine has been battling illness for the past two years and asked me if I can help in restoring his 13' Whaler. He had purchased the full set of replacement wood (mahogany) and asked me if I would finish it. It is completely raw wood. Now I had a Montauk back in the mid 70's but only refinished the wood on that. I am up for this job but I did notice some problems in the wood and am asking for suggestions as to how to deal with those before I even get close to applying the varnish. Here are two pics. One shows that the wood has "frayed" or chipped near the edges. The second shows the results of an errant screw during mock-up.  Again, any suggestions would certainly be appreciated.

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There really isn't a way to fill in the missing wood with a filler that won't be obvious when varnishing.  If the pieces are a seat, you could use a router and round over the chipped edges.  The screw hole looks like it's on a connecting edge, you could cut that out and do a dutchman patch and epoxy that in if you have some mahogany scrap to use.

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Thank you for that. I believe the screw mark will be hidden. I can live with the chipped wood and I think my skill level won't permit a dutchman patch!  :)

 

I appreciate the help.

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