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Forum topic by Don Carrier posted 02-24-2012 11:02 AM 1004 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don Carrier

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02-24-2012 11:02 AM

I just got a dual pedestal cherry dining room table in with a broken leg on each pedestal. It looks like the original glue up failed and rather than disassemble, the last repairman must have filled the cracks with poly glue. As you might imagine the glue spread the cracks and made them worse. This is a fairly old and nice piece of furniture and while I could cut new legs, the chances of matching the finish, at least with my skillset, are not good. The glue seems to be brittle and I can scrape it off in most places but I’m concerned that enough penetrated the wood to prevent wood glue from sticking. Any ideas?

-- Don


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stefang

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 04:41 PM

You might try repairing it using polyurethane glue. Polyurethane glue expands a bit so you have to have it well clamped. The main advantages are that it will cling to about any surface, and once dry it’s waterproof, it won’t move and it’s pretty tough. A fine waterspray will help activate the glue. Just follow the directions on the bottle. Good luck with your repairs.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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stefang

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 04:43 PM

You might try repairing it using polyurethane glue. Polyurethane glue expands a bit so you have to have it well clamped. The main advantages are that it will cling to about any surface, and once dry it’s waterproof, it won’t move and it’s pretty tough. I think the repair problem was caused by not clamping good enough or removing the clamps too soon. Good luck with your repairs.I think it is just a case of using the glue correctly.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Grandpa

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 06:40 PM

Can you dismantle the table and get the leg out by itself? If you could do that would it be possible to saw the crack out with a power saw and make a straight line. that would remove the glue and also give a new surface to glue up. Without seeing the table that is all I can think of at this time. Maybe someone will have an answer after work this afternoon.

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#4 posted 02-24-2012 06:44 PM

A photo would help us evaluate the repair.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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