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Forum topic by ocinatas posted 01-14-2018 12:41 PM 419 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ocinatas

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01-14-2018 12:41 PM

I don’t know the history of this table. It dates to 1959. My guess is someone trimmed the old edge off and replaced it with new wood. Now one side is coming loose (see video).

I want to repair this and refinish the top. How do you recommend doing this?

https://youtu.be/iCrbZ23bwm4


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Carloz

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#1 posted 01-14-2018 06:04 PM

It is not clear from the video if the breadboard is glued in or not. If not then do not worry it is supposed to be like that.
Here is how breadboards are normally constructed:

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#2 posted 01-15-2018 12:33 AM

Thank you, Carloz, the diagram is very useful. Excuse my woodworking ignorance, but is this the only way it could be put together? I don’t see any sign of dowels.

Moving the way it does, does that mean that the mortise hole or holes were drilled too wide? or that maybe a tendon has broken?

Even if it’s normal for it to be this way, i’d like to stop the wiggling. Any ideas on how to do that?

The damaged end:

Undamaged end:


It is not clear from the video if the breadboard is glued in or not. If not then do not worry it is supposed to be like that.
Here is how breadboards are normally constructed:

- Carloz

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Loren

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#3 posted 01-15-2018 02:56 AM

Those tables are veneered. My parents
have one just like it. No breadboard end
needed. The repair looks crappy so maybe
the end wasn’t straight, wasn’t glued or
clamped well, etc. I would cut it off, re-joint
and re-glue or replace it with another piece of
walnut.

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ocinatas

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#4 posted 01-15-2018 05:24 AM

Thanks, Loren. Do you have an opinion on how the repair was done? What I might find under there?


Those tables are veneered. My parents
have one just like it. No breadboard end
needed. The repair looks crappy so maybe
the end wasn t straight, wasn t glued or
clamped well, etc. I would cut it off, re-joint
and re-glue or replace it with another piece of
walnut.

- Loren


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