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Reclaimed Glory #10: Rescued a lonely solid Oak side table with a broken leg - Patch him up? or Cannabalize?

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Blog entry by palaswood posted 309 days ago 880 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Made my rounds today after work, and came up short on all fronts, until I decided to hit a spot that usually yields nothing but a few nuts n bolts, although those are nice (but I have so many now). But alas, someone threw out this solid oak side table with one leg broken off about 8 inches up.

Its a shame I didnt find the leg piece…

So whats the plan LJs? Do I try to repair this little guy, it would make a solid little table – its all oak construction. And I did bring home some oak scraps from a railing a couple days ago…

OR, should I use the tabletop and shelf for another project? If so, what would these smallish panels be good for?

I guess the top looks to be about 18×24, but I havent measured it.

Always interested in hearing your thoughts…

And as always, rode this home on my bicycle (uphill no less) :)

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#



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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 308 days ago

I’d say a repair at that location wouldn’t be strong enough to hold, but to replace the leg… that’s another story if you can pull it off. (pun intended… hah!)

Always good to see furniture pieces (and old tools) get new life; go for it, we’ll be watching!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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JoeinGa

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#2 posted 307 days ago

Gee I dunnno, if you can put the broken leg in the corner of a room, a beer bottle will be just about the right height to balance it (and no one will see it back there in the corner :-)

So I vote to just refinish the top! :-)

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Makarov

86 posts in 409 days


#3 posted 307 days ago

To me it looks like someone’s abused highschool shop project. I would break it down and reuse it

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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palaswood

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#4 posted 306 days ago

Its not a bad table, this is a better picture

I like the idea from Smitty_Cabinetshop who suggested I disassemble it, copy one of the legs, refinish it to get the legs to match, and reassemble.

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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Makarov

86 posts in 409 days


#5 posted 306 days ago

The legs look to me like someone band sawed them then sanded them. I would re leg it if I needed a table or make a box

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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