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Loose dowel joints on antique table

Posted By: mick <mickgo533@msn.com> (0-1pool208-99.nas30.somerville1.ma.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 2/3/4 16:09

First of all, thanks Jim and James for help on my "replacing damaged spindle on antique table" question. I'm working on the same table (which has now been identified as a Late Regency/Early Victorian Work Table) and am trying to re-attach the legs which were broken off. I had to drill new holes where the dowel joint on top of each leg goes into the table top. I didn't do a great job drilling (my first time attempting any of this) and the holes are a bit too big making for a loose dowel fit. Any way to tighten up the fit? Will the carpenter's glue fill in the gaps? I've heard you can place the dowel portion of the leg in some boiling water to expand the wood. Is this good? Thank you so much. Mick

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