While the parts are soaking in the Citric Acid Bath, we’ll turn our attention to the knob and tote. This one needs some repair.
This tote is broke. It’s been broke for a while and is extremely dirty. I use a Dremel tool With a Dremel wire wheel To clean it up. Take care to stay away from the edged so you don’t round them over, making the repair much more visible.
Next I drill a series of shallow holes. This gives the epoxy a better grabbing surface. This is more important on rosewood then beech, beech hold pretty well anyhow, but I like the extra strength.
Use your favorite epoxy. I use System 3 Quick Cure
Make sure you work it into the holes you’ve drilled.
Then just clamp it tight until it cures.
Now we’ll turn our focus on the knob. I have a bucket of special bolts I use for knob sanding. Most have been modified for different size applications. I like the head to sit inside the bolt hole so sanding is complete. Then just chuck it up in a drill. I typically use the drill press, but a hand held drill or the lathe all work well.
I’ll sand the tote and apply the same finish
Note: I keep a small container under this when sanding rosewood to catch the dust for making crack repairs.