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dschlic1

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10-10-2013 10:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question refurbishing joining

Attached is a photo of an old bench from Guatemala. It is probably 40 or 50 years old. As you can see one of the legs broke. I would suggestions as how to repair this leg. It does not have to look perfect.


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 10-10-2013 10:27 PM

A new leg all the way to the top is the best solution and perhaps the easiest . If you measure the old piece first and then cut it into small pieces around the joinery it should come apart fairly easy.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Clint Searl

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#2 posted 10-10-2013 11:05 PM

Glue and screw a splint on the side and back.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 10-10-2013 11:23 PM

Beyond repair, replace like a1jim recommends.

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tefinn

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#4 posted 10-11-2013 12:19 AM

Drill a hole in the center of each piece and use a dowel to join it back together. A little more difficult to do with the jagged break, but it can be done.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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dschlic1

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#5 posted 10-11-2013 08:10 PM

I am reluctant to try and replace the leg. First I have no idea what the existing wood is, more than likely some kind of tropical hardwood un available in the US. Second I have no idea what the current finish is.

Combining ideas from Clint and Tom how about gluing the leg back on and then rout a slot (or two) in the back of the repaired leg and then glue in a popular or oak slat(s)?

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tefinn

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#6 posted 10-11-2013 08:34 PM

As long as you can get the break to close completely that would work very well. It would be a visible repair, but an accepted method.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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Loren

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#7 posted 10-11-2013 08:41 PM

I have repaired broken chairs by butt gluing the parts together
and after the glue dries I use a plunge router to mortise out a slot
for a spline.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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