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black hole pinball project help (cabinet repair)

By Matthew2015

1 year ago


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#1 1 year ago

i am starting a on a black hole pinball i was about to put the legs on but i think this bottom corner does not look stable enough to put the leg on since part of its chipped off . is there anything i can do to fill the hole or reinforce it?

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#3 1 year ago

I wouldn't worry about that corner. Legs are far enough onto good plywood part of the cabinet that lower corner isn't doing much anyway.

#4 1 year ago

Rule number 1:
If advice sound ridiculous or stupid, disregard it.
That corner of the cabinet NEEDS repair and reinforcing.

#5 1 year ago

i would feel better repairing then taking a chance . i will look more into vids restoration guides .

#6 1 year ago
Quoted from swanng:

Rule number 1:
If advice sound ridiculous or stupid, disregard it.
That corner of the cabinet NEEDS repair and reinforcing.

It's not really a corner that I would be too concerned about reinforcing. The bottom corner of the cab doesn't actually even touch the leg.

However, to fill the void seen from the underside, I might use either JB Weld or just glue in a dowel. I probably wouldn't bother building up the corner back to where it should be, though. A patch is going to be tough to anchor there, and is likely just going to pop off anyway.

#7 1 year ago

which kind of j-b weld ? ClearWeld or KwikWood? something that would be easy to fill that hole.

#8 1 year ago
Quoted from Matthew2015:

which kind of j-b weld ? ClearWeld or KwikWood? something that would be easy to fill that hole.

Kwikwood--it's like playdoh when you first mix it up. You could stuff it in the hole, and then just let it cure.

Clearweld is just liquid gel epoxy.

#9 1 year ago

cabinet upside down, put it on something to level it, make a dam out of metal tape and pour resin in. if the tape wont seal the bottom of the hole put a drop of candle wax in first.

#10 1 year ago
Quoted from swanng:

Rule number 1:
If advice sound ridiculous or stupid, disregard it.
That corner of the cabinet NEEDS repair and reinforcing.

From a structural standpoint the bottom of that cabinet is just fine and does nothing to make things any stronger. Cosmetically it doesn't look "pretty" but will be covered by the leg so it really doesn't matter. The fact that the original poster has to ask for advice on how to fix this tells me they don't have a lot of experience with cabinet work so in my opinion they are better off leaving it alone and not messing it up worse for someone in the future to repair properly. However if they really feel the need to fix it it really isn't a hard fix with a little two part epoxy - some masking tape & a little time & effort.

In the end these days everyone thinks they are experts on everything but when you have done woodworking and mechanical repairs for over 50 years you know what "needs to be fixed" and what is being fixed just to make someone feel better and that cabinet "does not need to be fixed" to be stable. The strength of a corner of a cabinet is with the glue block inside and mounting nuts pulling the leg into both sides of the plywood NOT the cosmetic lower corner shown in that picture.

#11 1 year ago

i did look in the cabinet and the glue block corner holding the leg looks good . yes i can see now what holds up the leg. but i will still get that spot filled in in case it chips off more. the chip is not visible with the leg but would still fix it , just in case it gets larger . waiting on some jb weld stuff to come so i will let you know how it turns out later.

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#12 1 year ago

i have just got done patching it. i used the quikwood putty and let dry for a day or so until it got hard , and then painted it and also touched up the rest of spots as close as i could to the original blue under the leg. even though its not seen because of the leg that goes over it , i thought it would make good practice for touching up other spots that would be more visible. but it turned out not too bad for the first time though.

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#13 1 year ago

Generally, the best approach is usually to build the kwikwood a little above the surface you're matching it to, then sand it flat, then paint it.

#14 1 year ago

i did sand it some , but it does looks like i need to sand it a bit more after looking at the close ups.

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