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March 15, 2012

Table leg repair

I started this repair earlier with a comment on nasty foaming glue.  I first rough shaped the replacement piece to near its finished size, leaving the details where the joint shows until after I have glued the replacement piece in place.

The problem was then how to clamp it together as it is an odd shape.  I considered making a special jig for clamping then I decided to break out the pegboard.  Now my pegboard is 17″ wide, 36″ long and nearly 1 1/2″ thick piece of poplar with 55 holes drilled in rows.

I positioned the leg with the aid of pegs and wedges and the addition of a couple of clamps to hold it place.  I used 192 gram strength granulated hide glue from Tools for Working Wood in New York.  I heated it up in my newly re-tinned small glue pot and applied it to both surfaces [which were previously toothed with a toothing plane].  At the same time I warmed up both pieces to avoid chilling the hot hide glue.

After the glue dried, I drilled two 1/4″ holes on the underside and glued in two birch dowels.  I tried first with a twist auger, didn’t work well, then a gouge bit, again slow going, then I used a gimlet bit and it went quickly.  I flattened out the bottom of the hole with the twist auger then glued the dowels in place.

I trimmed off the dowels and using the same tools for shaping brought the surfaces to match.  There is a little gap on the front edge which I filled with putty [linseed oil, whiting {calcium carbonate}, and red iron oxide and burnt umber pigment].  This will take a couple of days to dry, then on with finishing.



  1. I like the clamp. did you make that one?

    Comment by Badger — March 15, 2012 @ 11:33 am

  2. Badger,
    Yes I made the wooden clamp and the other wooden clamp that fits into the pegboard holes as well. The small iron clamp I have had for 40 years, one I got from my Master when I was an apprentice.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — March 16, 2012 @ 8:51 am

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