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Re: dropleaf split..what repair method is best?

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-1pool246-164.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 6/26/5 15:48

In Response To: dropleaf split..what repair method is best? (Fran Ellis)

The proper way to repair this problem is in glue, and clamping the break. Screws and mend plates will only result in further damage. A curved board can be made to retro fit the existing shape, and pipe clamps, and pads to prevent marking the wood. A temporary stiffener can be employed to keep the whole thing in line. If the break is clean and has no previous glue or dirt and wax, you will get a good strong bond. A brown alphetic resin wood glue(Tite Bond)will work well. For me these splits need a very strong glue that will not soften from moisture and regular use, so I find that T88 (2 part epoxy) is the strongest for a wood break. A wood joint is different, you want a reversible glue like hide glue, for future repairs. So if this is an old glue joint then it must be cleaned with white vinegar and scraped clean, then you may use the Tite Bond, or the hide glue, and biscuits or glue dowels will be OK as well as a groove and spline. If you need to plane down to a pair of flat edges then you will create a jump in the edge if it is on a curve, but it sounds like you are not in that boat, good luck, James.

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