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post #1 of 8 Old 07-03-2017, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Split Table Leg - Repair Advice

Hi All!

Seeking some advice on repairing a dining / kitchen table whose hanger bolt has split the leg it's driving into. Photos below!

I've searched exhaustively online to find a comparable article and am now convinced I must not being using the correct terminology. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Given that the table has built in leaves, it's quite heavy and with no shortage of rug rats running around the Grandparent's house, I'd love to repair it for them. Based on the photos below, is this a standard job for wood glue / clamps alone or would it be advisable to take additional steps? Not sure if additional support / dal-rods etc. might be necessary. Thank you!!

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It's just glue and clamp using wood glue since it has never been repaired before. I would recommend getting this type clamps if you don't have them already https://www.zoro.com/bessey-wood-han...Q&gclsrc=aw.ds To protect the table leg I would get some shower pan rubber and cover the jaws of the clamp with. This can be done with spray adhesive and can be removed later and cleaned up when you are done. One thing you may have to do when clamping something like that with an irregular shape is under pressure the parts may try to slide on you. You should prepare yourself to put a single finishing nail in the part to prevent it from moving. Immediately after getting it clamped clean off the glue that oozes out with a damp cloth. It may be necessary to remove the clamp, wipe it off and put the clamp back on. The only other thing is don't put an excessive amount of pressure clamping it. Even padded with rubber you can damage the wood with the clamp and sometimes using too much glue squeezes out too much glue making the joint weaker.
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Hi Steve,

That's incredibly helpful, thank you so much. I'll proceed as described and report back! :)

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what steve said, plus..


take the lag screw out before attempting


do a dry fit to ensure it is going together snugly like, remove any loose burrs


test fit the clamps to make sure they are going to do the job.


glue and go!


I don't think the lag screw did all that by itself.
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some additional advice ...

Obviously, you need to unscrew the bannister bolt to free up the broken piece. Then try reseating the piece dry before putting any glue on it to see if there are any wood splinters in the way. It should fit precisely with no gaps. You don't need any fancy clamps, because you don't need excessive pressure. You could make a turniquit type clamp with some strapping or rope, twisting it with a stick to tighten it until the glue ooozes out.

Kinda lioke this:


Your leg assembly may need some additional glue blocks on either side to help reinforce it, maybe all the legs could use some?


The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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Obviously, you need to unscrew the bannister bolt to free up the broken piece. Then try reseating the piece dry before putting any glue on it to see if there are any wood splinters in the way. It should fit precisely with no gaps. You don't need any fancy clamps, because you don't need excessive pressure. You could make a turniquit type clamp with some strapping or rope, twisting it with a stick to tighten it until the glue ooozes out.

Kinda lioke this:


Your leg assembly may need some additional glue blocks on either side to help reinforce it, maybe all the legs could use some?

In his case the legs are made to be removable so the repair could be made separate from the table.
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That's good, but ....

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In his case the legs are made to be removable so the repair could be made separate from the table.
He needs to remove, "free up" the broken piece from the bannister bolt. like I said... obviously to dry fit it.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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He needs to remove, "free up" the broken piece from the bannister bolt. like I said... obviously to dry fit it.
That's very true, I just assumed anyone would remove the bolt until the repair was made.
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