|Forum topic by Kevin||posted 01-27-2013 01:30 PM||1375 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
01-27-2013 01:30 PM
I was recently given the task to find a small sofa table that we could place behind our sofa. I found one that was really great with some ornate carving and for a great price….great price because of someone’s previous repair FAIL.
The feet on the lower part of the legs are mortised into the leg – at some point, the glue must have failed from teh orignial construction and someone thought to attempt to repair it, but then put it to use before the glue cured completely. The tenons are pulled from the mortise on both sides causing it to wobble, etc. On one side it’s only slight – the other it’s out about 2 inches.
The glue has (obviously) dried since and now the mortises are pulled slightly out and the glue had cured. I’m unsure of the type of glue used, but it appears that it must have been fairly thick.
I thought about cutting out the tenon and replacing with a faux tenon for both, but since the tenon is mostly in on one side, I wouldn’t be able to do that without cutting part of the leg, which I’d prefer to avoid.
Is there a solvent that I could use on the glue to release it so that I can reset it properly? I’ve heard that heat can help, but how do you heat glue that is a full inch into the wood without damaging the wood?
Advice is apprecaited.