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Forum topic by Jeremy Greiner posted 02-12-2012 11:48 PM 1245 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeremy Greiner

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02-12-2012 11:48 PM

My friend has asked me to make some replacement parts for her drop leaf table. Making replacements would be pretty easy it’s just some oak with a rabbet in it. The big question is if I can make a better piece that can hold more weight.

Here is a picture of one of the broken sides, the split is pretty much with the grain as you would expect

Here is a picture with all 3 pieces.

Maybe using a tighter grained wood like maple?
something really crazy dense like purple heart?
Make the grain go vertical instead of horizontal (so it will be sliding along the end grain)?
Re-enforce the corners with some angled steel?
Or maybe just need the bottom to be steel?

I would love to here some ideas or suggestions because I have no experience with this so anything I would do would be educated guessing.


-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#1 posted 02-13-2012 12:13 AM

Are you sure that’s oak? It looks like poplar to me. It’s fairly common for furniture to have internal parts made from cheaper material.

If it were me, I would make duplicate pieces from oak and call it good.

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 12:37 AM

Do not try to make them end grain will break faster.
looks like failure was from just a poor grain in that part.
And yes tighter grain ,maple would be stronger.
Make new ones with better lumber they should be fine, unless abused.

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 12:50 AM

Good to know about the end grain, and yes I’m pretty sure it’s oak, well it may be something other than oak but it’s way harder than poplar.

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#4 posted 02-13-2012 04:31 AM

I have fixed splits like that with Titebond Instant Thick formula and have been amazed at the strength of the repair. If you try this allow the glue to seep all the way through the crack and then clamp it for several hours. Do not use their accelerator for this application. Try it, you don’t have anything to lose>

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#5 posted 02-13-2012 04:47 AM

I would use Titebond III for this repair. Once it is dry the joint will be stronger than the wood itself. Titebond III is easy to use, no mixing, easy water clean up and according to Fine Woodworking the best glue joint available, even better than epoxies and powdered glues.

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