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Removing Dowels Without Damaging the Piece?

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Blog entry by Holz_und_Geschichte41 posted 1164 days ago 1131 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have buddy that is looking to repair a piece of New England style furniture that was damaged during a move. It is only the top portion of a rectangular piece. The top is connected to the supporting legs by a series of dowel joints. I am searching for advice as to how to remove the top piece without damaging the supporting legs. So far all I can think of doing is cutting into the center of and removing the top chunk by chunk around the dowel joints. And then sever flush the exposed dowels to the top of the support legs. If anyone has any experience in this type of repair your advice is sorely needed and appreciated. Thank you and have a great day.

-- Ryan, Arizona



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hObOmOnk

1380 posts in 2725 days


#1 posted 1164 days ago

If this is an old or traditional piece, the makers may have used hide glue. If so, you can loosen it with heat, e.g. a hair drier or heat gun. Test carefully.

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Steven Davis

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#2 posted 1164 days ago

Concur on the heat gun. Gentle wedging to separate the legs from the top until you can get to the dowels to either remove the top or cut off the dowels – you can always drill the dowels out and replace them. Patience, patience, patience!

-- Steven Davis - see me at http://www.playnoevil.com/ and http://www.stelgames.com/

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Gregn

1642 posts in 1581 days


#3 posted 1163 days ago

I agree with trying heat first if you suspect hide glue as the adhesive otherwise you might try using vinegar.
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_can_you_separate_pieces_of_wood_which_have_been_glued_together_with_wood_glue
Hope this helps.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1163 days ago

Just cut them off and drill for new dowels

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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William

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#5 posted 1163 days ago

Ok, unrelated to the post, but did A1Jim get caught up in the recent tornados around the country? He’s upside down!!!!!!

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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