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Re: Repairing Roll Top

Posted By: evan Lloyd <evanlloyd@shaw.ca> (h24-65-6-4.gv.shawcable.net)
Date: 1/20/2 17:01

In Response To: Re: Repairing Roll Top (Jim Cole)

Thanks. I repaired the tambour using a few pieces of spring-like metal from an old tape measure. Removing the brads only on the few broken sections I was able to shim in the new pieces, reconnect the tongue and groove, then re-nail with some cigar-box brads. Hopefully by just repairing the broken bits and not replacing the entire three lengths of "hinge" metal this should work.

I checked the dove tails and they appear uniform/ machine-cut. It is interesting to note however that the inside of the tenons are all convex. I gather this was intended to give additional strenght to the joint? One other significant clue - I removed the lock assembly from the roll top, and although the inner workings are broken the shell is stamped "pat. July 23, 1895." Assuming this is original hardware - it's obviously no older than that - perhaps not much younger either. Anyone have any ideas?

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