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deanfive

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08-19-2014 05:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: gluing bed novice question joining

Hello.

First time posting. I need to re-affix a bed rail on an antique hired-man’s bed.

What would be the best way to attach the rails? I am a novice woodworker. I’m a little worried about messing up an antique, but thought I could handle this project. Thoughts/advice?

Thank you!


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BinghamtonEd

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#1 posted 08-19-2014 05:39 PM

It looks like the wood didn’t break, it just came apart over time? You could epoxy it back in, or clean off the old glue and re-glue it. Drawboring it back in would work but would be visibile from the exterior and would stand out.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 08-19-2014 07:33 PM

If you do decide to glue it afresh you must, repeat must, clean off all traces of the old (probably hide glue).
I would also look into fitting a modern hidden type of metal bed fitting these are very advanced in design today and will give the added benefits of being very safe.However if it is just a fatigued glue joint a good old fashioned very thourough clean up and redoing with any modern type of suitable wood glue would be fine IMHO LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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deanfive

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#3 posted 08-20-2014 01:38 PM

Thanks for the insight! To confirm, the wood didn’t break. It just came apart. The main problem is I don’t know how to clamp it, if I were to re-glue. The rails are about 6 ft long and attached at the other end to the headboard. Suggestions? I’m also going to check out metal fittings.

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BinghamtonEd

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#4 posted 08-20-2014 02:19 PM

When I built my daughter’s bed, I used drawbored mortise and tenons. No clamps are required, it’s easy, and it makes for a strong joint (if the glue fails, the joint is still held together mechanically), but it will be visible on the exterior of your leg. You could pick up a pipe clamp or two, and long sections (or short sections and couplers) of pipe.

If you have 2 smaller clamps, and a wooden parallel clamp, you can clamp the wooden clamp on the rail, near the end you’re gluing. Apply glue and put the tenon into the mortise. Then use clamps between the leg and the wooden clamp on the rail. It will pull the rail in tight.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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shipwright

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#5 posted 08-20-2014 02:45 PM

If it is in fact old (say pre-1950) it was likely glued with hide glue. All you need to do if it still fits well is re-glue with hot hide glue . There is no need to clean the old glue out and if the fit is still good no clamping is necessary beyond making sure it is well seated. It may only last another hundred years but it will be easy to repair again then. :-)

If it is an antique, any other repair will depreciate its value.

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#6 posted 08-20-2014 03:20 PM


If it is an antique, any other repair will depreciate its value.

- shipwright


If you want to retain its value as an antique. Keep it as original as possible in materials and methods. The less you do is better-repairs are not original- and use the same wood, joint, glue, ect.
No mater how consistent or skilled the repair or restoration, the value will not be increased. However, the desirability and usefulness might be enhanced.

-- Psalm 62: 11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, 12 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all according to their work

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deanfive

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#7 posted 08-25-2014 03:28 PM

Thank you all for your suggestions and insight! I’m planning to use hide glue and clamping. I will post pics.

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