Repairing a Broken Weaving Shuttle
Updated: Sep 3, 2022
Our favorite shuttle fell on the floor and broke. There was a tiny knot hole right at that area that broke so it was a weak spot in the natural wood. So when the shuttle fell on the tile floor for the 20th time, the knot fell out. We searched for that tiny triangular piece and couldn’t find it to superglue it back in. But it was really loose to begin with so it might not have held up, even if we had tried to glue it in. So we did what we normally do at this moment and asked Ravelry what to do. That’s when I was advised that the solution was “wood epoxy”. We really dislike epoxy…the mixing, the smell EWWWW!!!
However, wood epoxy is more similar to a clay substance. It’s already set up with the right proportions. You just cut a slice of the “clay” and knead it like clay. It has a bullseye like appearance, the middle part is part 1 and the outerpart is part 2 (or vice versa). You mix it until it’s a solid color, which will form the chemical reaction, then mush it into the hole similar to clay. You don’t want LOTS of excess in the hole, but you do want a wee bit more clay than the hole size. Here’s what our patch looked like after we molded it in:
Yes, it’s a bit bumpy and it’s not perfect. However, if you try to perfect it, it will become worse and worse. Just leave it a bit sloppy, a bit overfilled and then wait. Wait patiently. The package claimed that it could be sanded in 1 hr. We didn’t believe it. But believe it or not, 1 hr was a pretty decent estimate. We sanded it carefully using 120 grit, 220 grit, and finally 320 grit sandpaper. The result was pretty good:
Unfortunately, wood epoxy only comes in one color…pale off white. We haven’t tried to stain it, but if we were going to try, a dark brown sharpie and black sharpie would be my first option. It does need at least 2-3 coats of poly to restore the shine. However, I use it and it is sooo super smooth just the way it is.
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