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Forum topic by Carey Mitchell posted 11-28-2015 07:12 PM 359 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Carey Mitchell

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11-28-2015 07:12 PM

I’m trying to restore an old bench that has been on an open porch for about 40 years. The joints in the seat need to be reglued and will require jointing.

The major problem is that the 4 main spindles of the back are wedge tenoned into the seat. The minor spindles will pop out easily if I can get the main ones out. I can’t pop the boards of the seat to run through the jointer until I get these out.

Anyone have any ideas ? This bench is not worth too much effort.


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#1 posted 11-28-2015 10:22 PM

Got ‘em out. Drilled down into wedges with same diameter bit, then rocked drill side to side until the bulk of the tenons were drilled out. Then it was easy to pull the spindles out. The result was rough, but I can use thicker tenons and make it work.

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