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Re: Broken leg on antique table

Posted By: James Schooley (0-1pool246-171.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 6/23/4 20:14

In Response To: Broken leg on antique table (Jeff)

If you have a lineal seperation along a glue joint, you can remove the old glue with white vinegar. If you used a modern glue like titebond will soften, it can be softened with heat from a hair dryer or careful low heat from a clothes iron, set very low. The older furniture was all put together hide glue and if your leg is more seperation than break, I suggest you remove the modern glue and reglue with the new liquid hide glue, that way you won't have to clean all the wat down to bare wood. These seperations can be tricky to clamp, so I use hose clamps with the screw tightner, just pad the metal clamp so it won't mark the wood and finish. This method will be less invasive than stripper, and less work too. If you are forced to use a dowel insert, try to make the dowel no more than 1/3 of girth, so as not to weaken the original material. Here you have a little more leaway in that a break can be repaired with the more permament and stronger glue, epoxy, which is less criticle in that if the dowel and hole aren't a perfect match, the epoxy will gap fill a little with out much loss in stregnth.

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