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Forum topic by purajess posted 05-07-2012 07:26 PM 1077 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2012 07:26 PM

Hi, just found this great site and joined a few minutes ago; thanks in advance to all who will comment to a novice about to tackle a challenging restoration. Vietnam vet and on my 3rd trip to Vietnam purchased some beautiful artful pieces of furniture….made from ironwood…a table, with 3 benches and a “backdrop” due to lack of anything to call it created by an artist with great imagination. Most pieces are fallen old trees and fashion artistically by a young man with great imagination. During move from Calif to Florida, one piece broke ,,,one leg of table cracked and few minor cracks in joints.

Hoboman, kind of glue best to repair two huge breaks….????

I will post pictures once I unwrapped them.

thanks again to all who’re willing to contribute.


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#1 posted 05-07-2012 07:34 PM

Are they clean breaks or are the jagged? If its a clean break that yuo can apply clamping pressure to regular titebond 2 or 3 would do. It may have initially been glued with hide glue, if thats the case you can heat it up (i think) and it should come undone at the joint. An epoxy would probably be the best bet on a jagged edge once cleaned up a little bit.

Thanks for your service and welcome to the gang.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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