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First of all, English is not my native language so I hope this post is understandable.

Unfortunately my son dropped his brand new die box which results in a broken of top cover (and a lot of tears). Srews and hing come of the box. I like to repair the top cover and any advice on this will be helpfull. Due to the fact that holes where the screws go in are damaged (screws will go in but will not stuck) I have the idea to glue some toothpics into the hole with superglue and to repair the cover that way.

Is this the right way to repair or are there other better ways?

Thanks in advance, all help is welcome.

John
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Hi John,
The toothpick fix is how I would do it. The only thing I would do differently is I would use wood glue. I always thought superglue was kind of hard and brittle. After you fill the holes with toothpicks, try to find the center of the pick and use a small nail or pin to somehow mark the center. Drilling a pilot hole on a drill press is best. If the screws don't hit the center of the holes you stand a chance of the lids being a bit crooked. I sometimes scrape the threads of the screws against a candle. The wax helps lubricate the threads. On a small screw it helps keep from twisting the head off.
It should be an easy fix and I am sure you will have success!!!
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The only thing I would add is if the screws are brass, you might want to use steel screws of the same size to make the new holes. Small brass screws have a bad habit if breaking when making holes.
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That's 2 in favour for the wood glue so the wood glue it will be. Thx for your replies. Reparing wil start tomorrow.
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I agree wood glue and toothpicks. I would also sugjest clamping the lid on before you put the lid hinge on. This will help keep everything in line when you tighten the screws.

Good luck
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Michael:

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That explains the checks (to attorneys and ex's).

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Hello all,

thx for your help, just finished repairing the die box. Used wood glue and some wax to lubricate the screws. The box is in working order again. Just have to repair some paint which come of also.

Again many thx.

John
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