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ColoradoJim

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I received a Sewmor 303 where the bottom of the case came off during shipping. It is just a Masonite board that was nailed to the bottom with only one finish nail at each corner. The rest of the case is structurally sound aside from wooden blocks that became dislodged when the bottom came off. I was thinking of using the brass type of external corner brackets as you see sometimes in trunks. Has anyone reinforced a case this way?

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If you're talking about attaching to the bottom, I'd just re-glue the blocks that came off. Why complicate things? Or am I missing something?
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Yes I was planning on re-gluing the blocks but I want to make sure that the bottom does not come off again and was thinking that having three anchor points for each bottom corner attaching to the case sides instead of one as in the little finish nail would be more secure. There were 5 blocks that were loosened a bit. Two were for hinge pins that were either glued or rested on the bottom board. One was for the motor block. The remaining two I assume were stop blocks that held up the side opposite the hinges as they came off completely. The way it is set up the weight of the machine head rests directly mostly on the hinge blocks that is either glued or rests on the bottom so it is important that the bottom is securely attached. Without the bottom one of the hinges drops through the counterbore cutouts made to fit the hinges flush with the top of the base, so I have to slide the hinge back into the counterbore opening.

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I've thought about that, too.  I haven't actually done it, though.   I think it would depend on the wood corner was constructed and how thick.  I was thinking that maybe something like https://www.rockler.com/solid-brass-2quot-x-3-4quot-box-corners might work, but I would drill a hole in the flat part and put it on the bottom, then put a rubber foot on.

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Yes I was planning on re-gluing the blocks but I want to make sure that the bottom does not come off again and was thinking that having three anchor points for each bottom corner attaching to the case sides instead of one as in the little finish nail would be more secure. There were 5 blocks that were loosened a bit. Two were for hinge pins that were either glued or rested on the bottom board. One was for the motor block. The remaining two I assume were stop blocks that held up the side opposite the hinges as they came off completely. The way it is set up the weight of the machine head rests directly mostly on the hinge blocks that is either glued or rests on the bottom so it is important that the bottom is securely attached. Without the bottom one of the hinges drops through the counterbore cutouts made to fit the hinges flush with the top of the base, so I have to slide the hinge back into the counterbore opening.

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I'd never given it much thought.  On cases that needed repair here, I just glue bits back in.  I think wood glue is stronger than the nails.  The tiny nails are more for holding bits in place that can't be clamped properly while the glue dries.  Either way you do it, I would still carry the case from underneath and not trust it to support a machines weight by the handles.

My Willcox and Gibbs box has corner pieces but I think they are more decorative than reinforcing.   DSC_0633 (750 x 499).jpg 


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