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I recently purchased a Singer 201K hand crank in a bentwood case.  The machine was rough, it also had great potential, with some work and repairs.
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The left rear base corner was broken, also a couple finger nail size bits of veneer missing.  The broken corner seemed to  have happened decades ago, based on the amount of dirt, lint and seeds in the crack.  It is important to clean the crack well, so when glued and clamped the joint fits tightly.  I use a very thin piece of spring steel salvaged from a knitting machine.  The tool helped pull out seeds and lint from crack. A squirt of water released the dirt. Excess water was blotted off with paper towel, glue was added along with two clamps with small backing board to distribute pressure and protect the original wood.  Getting glue in the joint was done just using the slit of pull spout, and squeezing glue bottle. Excess was cleaned up before after clamping with damp paper towel.  It is important to use two to three clamps,  one on each side of corner and an additional clamp with backing boards if top edge of corners are not perfectly flush with each other.  Since only one corner was broken, base was otherwise square it was possible to use only two clamps.  Broken inner corner gussets were cleaned and glued in a separate session. After glue procedure below.
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Notice joint is tight, and ragged break in veneer went together, but missing chunks need attention.  Veneer scraps from a prior project were spotted for similar grain, pieces were cut and fitted, along with minor trimming of rough edges of original wood. Glue was applied, with stretched blue painters tape used, to hold veneer tightly in position. Second picture below is after sanding, before stain of new veneer.  The fish eye of phone camera distorted pictures of corner curvature.

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Stain and finish followed.








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Good tutorial and good work! 
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What is "wire cut" please Dave?  My problem cutting veneer is preventing splitting  of the dry veneer.

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What is "wire cut" please Dave?  My problem cutting veneer is preventing splitting  of the dry veneer.

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"were cut" a typo or spell checker messing with me. I will fix.

To cut veneer, damp with wet paper towel and cut with scissors. On a straight piece, split with grain to match existing wood. That works well on straight walnut or bass wood.

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Dave, I lived in middle Tn. for a bit and I thought you were just typing the way it was said there!  [biggrin]  Crossville, btw.

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