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01-06-2013 12:38 AM

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I broke my tailboard while doing a fit up. These are hand cut dovetails. Can I glue this piece back together along the split, or am I wasting my time?


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#1 posted 01-06-2013 12:48 AM

If its a clean break i dont see why you couldnt glue it back together. I can see that youve got a really neat looking dovetail pattern goin on so i hope its repairable.

-- "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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#2 posted 01-06-2013 12:49 AM

I think you can glue it. What have you got to lose at this point?

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#3 posted 01-06-2013 12:50 AM

My sanity

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#4 posted 01-06-2013 12:53 AM

For how long it will take to put a bit of glue on it, you might as well give it a go.

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#5 posted 01-06-2013 12:54 AM

It happened to me once. Just glue it up and see how it turns out. The only other option is to start new. Gonna guess you are not wanting to do that (I wouldn’t either!),

-- Mike

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#6 posted 01-06-2013 12:54 AM

I am going to give it a try

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#7 posted 01-06-2013 12:54 AM

Can’t lose you sanity. Do wood workers have any….LOL

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#8 posted 01-06-2013 12:57 AM

Is first take deep breath and leave the project alone for a little bit. Let rational thoughts come back after the trauma ;)

-- "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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#9 posted 01-06-2013 01:09 AM

Matt, let us know how it works out. I agree with chrisstef, give it a rest for a bit. I have to do that from time to time.

Good Luck!

-- Mike

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#10 posted 01-06-2013 03:19 AM

yes, it can be fixed, things can almost always be fixed when made of wood, as long as it’s not wrotten wood that is… then sometimes even that can be fixed.

Glue and clamp, be very careful to make sure you have the pieces aligned properly, but something like a c clamp with a couple bloc

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#11 posted 01-06-2013 03:22 AM

glue it…glue it… It is only an error now, it is not a mistake til the boss or client finds out… not sure who your boss is but glue it

-- Who is John Galt?

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#12 posted 01-06-2013 05:45 AM

That’s why dovetails stand the test of time. Boards
split, but dovetails hold.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#13 posted 01-06-2013 06:07 AM

I’m guessing you have the pins cut on the sides? If your worried about the fit of the pins after glue up, what about assembling the sides to the tail board while the glue dries? then you know it will fit.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#14 posted 01-06-2013 11:18 AM

use a pocket hole?? or glue it… i hope you can get it back together it looks really nice :-)

-- don't out smart your common sense

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#15 posted 01-06-2013 04:46 PM

Just glue it up it will be fine.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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