A couple nights ago, I started in work on the front standard of the Seneca 8×10. This involved removal of a lot of hardware (geared rise/fall and all). There was some patching to do on the wood, as two holes had been drilled through the lens standard for Packard tubing, and four screw eyes had been installed in the posts. I’m not using the Packard, and couldn’t see the reason for the screw eyes, so the holes needed filling.
First thing’s first: Break out the Minwax High Performance wood filler. Mixed it up, a little heavy on the hardener (and – boy – do I love the smell of styrene) and filled all the holes. The filler hardened in minutes, and after some sanding, I applied a second coat. Again, after drying, I sanded. Time for scrubbing with lacquer thinner and steel wool. This effectively cleaned and smoothed all surfaces, and it was on to black lacquer. Two coats of that, two coats of clear gloss, and the standard parts were starting to look pretty good. After rubbing out with wool and wax, it was time to fix all those loose screw holes.
As most of these screws are #1 (or smaller), the holes can be tightened up with some glued-in flat toothpicks. Dip the end in yellow glue, wedge them into the holes, and let them dry.
After the glue dries, snap the toothpicks off. The screws go back in with some effort, but they’re snug, and that’s good.
So, all the hardware got cleaned up, reinstalled, and everything works. The front standard’s ready for us. Well, it needs a lensboard or thrree first…