Removing table leg without damage to the wood/table

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Blog entry by DonB posted 05-18-2014 11:58 PM 2750 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted earlier, asking a question about what worked to loosen old glue and remove a table leg without damage to the leg. Indirectly I found my own answer. Fornby’s paint remover. If you have any slit or space behind the old leg, Fornby’s will eventually loosen the joint and free the leg without damage to the leg itself. You have to pester the leg until it gives up, but it works. Now I just have to duplicate the leg clean out the old joint make the new tendon slightly bigger and we’re back in business. Just a FYI for someone who may not have had the problem of removing an old leg from one of the table supports. A less messy option could be much better.

-- DonB

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Paul Bucalo

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#1 posted 09-17-2014 02:17 PM

Great tip, Don! I have eight oak chairs (inherited from the late MIL) that have either had legs loosen, come apart or break at the joints. Lots of glue to contend with. This tip may make my job a lot easier…the wife happier in the end. Thanks. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA

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Mike Throckmorton

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#2 posted 09-17-2014 02:41 PM

Would a delicately applied heat gun work to soften glue?

I will try it myself, but if someone already has…..

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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Marcio Wilges

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#3 posted 11-21-2014 07:11 AM

I don’t know if I’m the only one that feels this way, but if the majority of my furniture is starting to give way, then removal and replacement of parts I think really isn’t going to cut it. Moving the old furniture out of the way and making room for new ones might be a better solution, unless of course the pieces are heirloom and you really want to keep them in the family. Otherwise, I think it’s really not worth the hassle mate!

-- Marcio Wilges @

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