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Re: fixing tambor on roll top desk

Posted By: James Schooley <jschooleyfamily@earthlink.net> (pmspen1-31.rconnect.com)
Date: 9/13/2 00:46

In Response To: Re: fixing tambor on roll top desk (Jim Cole)

I think Jim has possibly hit on the problem, if somebody glued the dowel pins that keep the top in place, that would seem to lock the top cover down pretty well. So if that is the case here you may need to soften up the glue, hopefully it's not epoxy or CA glue. Get a bright light and shine it around the crack where the top cover and writing surface meet. See if you can locate the four or so locations where these dowel pins extend down from the top cover into the writing surface. Put some paste wax arount the area and after it has dried seep a little white vinegar into these spots. With time, luck and some gentle taping the glue will let go. A pad and block of wood will prevent dents. As a last resort try a razor saw in the same location, xacto makes one, cut them in two, and drill out the old dowel with a slightly smaller bit. Pick out the remainder and replace using wood glue in the top cover section only.

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