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I have a sword sheath that my dog has chewed up the end part. It is wood with black lacquar over it. Can this be repaired and if so, who can do it?

It is difficult to answer your question without first seeing the sword sheath, and assessing the damage. If it just has teeth marks and holes, it may be salvaged by using wood dough to patch the damaged areas. The wood dough should be allowed to dry overnight and then sanded to shape with 220 grit sand paper. Of course the patched areas would be visible, so I would suggest removing all the laquer and then spraying the sheath with black paint. After the paint has dried, two or three coats of lacquer should restore the sheath to its original look.

Any person should be able to restore this project. It would not necessarily require the services of a professional woodworker.

Good luck with your repair.

We are having a bit of a heated discussion at the office to how dimensions should be written. When I was in drafting and engineering school many moons ago, I recall that when a detail drawing was not provided and you were writing measurement instructions - the sequence of measurement is as

For straight planes:
Length x width x height x depth

For circles:
Diameter x height

I cannot find any documentation on this issue. What is the correct way of writing these?

Properly submitting dimensions is one of the most difficult and least understood areas relating to woodworking, machine drafting, or architectural drawings. This is primarily due to the various dimensioning systems, the many types of views that require dimensions, and the function of each part.
For example, the dimensions put on machine drawings are not necessarily those used in making the drawings, but are those required for the proper
function of the parts after assembly. Your question referred to detail
drawings, and since you mentioned engineering school, I assume that you are referring to drafting and engineering applications as opposed to architectural detail drawings.

Typically the following rules should be applied:

For circles: Diameter (Usually referred to a drill or bore size)

For cylinders: Diameter x length (Usually referred to a drill or bore size and the depth)

For straight planes: Width x Depth x Height (Typically these dimensions would be placed on multi view drawings)

Note: All dimensions should be specified in inches.

Hope this settles the office discussion!

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