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Re: still learning after 35 years

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (ct-waterbury1b-56.wtrbct.adelphia.net)
Date: 3/5/5 22:55

In Response To: Re: still learning after 35 years (roger demuth)

Hey Roger..I hate it when that happens...I use hardened pin punches to drive nails completely through sometimes to the point you can grab them and yank them out.....they're like a nail set but with a straight pin, no taper....short of digging or driving out all the nails and then having to deal with all the damage..or forcing the joints apart and again dealing with all the damage...heres a solution that might work but still will result in some hiding..I drill a 7/64" hole under the stretchers at about a 2-3 degree angle at the intersection of the leg and stretcher. What your aiming for is the mortise...9 times out of ten there will be a pocket of air behind the tenon and if drill carefully you'll feel the drill punch into that space when you drill...be careful as it's a fine line between finding that pocket and drilling through the backside of the leg..after drilling I take a small glue bottle (the small hair coloring bottles my wife gets are perfect for this)..and push the nozzle into the hole as hard as I can and force as much glue into the hole as possible..then comes the important part..cut a 1/8" dowel about 1 1/2" long and pound it into the hole...the action of doing this forces the glue under high pressure into and around the loose tenon, you should see the glue come out around the tenon...wipe off any squeeze out,let them dry and then carefully cut the dowels off with a small saw...make two cuts to form a 90 degree angle so the dowel can be trimmed with a sharp chisel nice and flush and fills any groove in the stretcher as well....then touch up to hide the damage. This won't make a completely invisile repair...but it will give you very good results without too much headache, and there aren't too many choices in this situation. This also works for rush or cane seated chairs that are loose, but I always explain the procedure first and make sure the result is understood by the customer.....regards

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