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Table advice/help!

I am not a proffessional woodworker, nor is it a hobby, I am a DIY kinda guy, but I have a problem involveing wood, so I thought I should ask the experts!

I have a wooden table, it open and closes with (i belive its called tongue and groove) kind of wooden mechenism, on the one side of the table the base of this mechenism has come loose, its an old table and I belive just over time the screws have started to pull out, now my question is what would the best method of "filling" or repairing these holes so I can reattach base to to the table, I know this might be vauge, but I will try and answer any questions!


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post #2 of 10 Old 10-27-2008, 10:44 AM
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Toothpicks and wood glue.
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How thick is the top? The best is to drill the old hole
out and epoxy a dowel in the hole and re drill for the
screw.

You need to sand the dowel off flush.

Take care to not drill through the top.
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-27-2008, 11:14 AM
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Toothpicks and wood glue.


This works really well. All you are doing is adding more meat (filling the void) for the screws to hold on to. You can also use wood splinters (heavy duty) to fill the void. Also check to see if the screws are warn. Red

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screws

You can use larger screws not longer but larger dia. take old screw for new one . Raskgle.
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The best is to drill the old hole out and epoxy a dowel in the hole and re drill for the screw.

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I've used golf tees once or twice in this situation with exceptionally good luck. Toothpicks are too small sometimes to suit the bill...of course, I suppose a golf tee could be too big, as well, so a little trial and error might be in order.

The idea is to fill the old worn-out hole with new wood (golf tee or toothpicks) and glue. The carefully drill a new pilot hole in the same location, and carefully reattach the hardware.

good luck
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All of the above are good, but the problem with the dowel is that you are screwing into/with the wood grain rather then across it. That too will strip out in a shorter period of time.

The toothpicks are good, but rather then the glue, I would use an expoy. I agree that all you want to do is fill the void, but you want it to outlast the table (so to speak).

(that's my two cents worth and go ahead and give me my change).
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Epoxy with filler

There are various fillers for epoxy, everything from micro-balloons to fiberglass. Some are made for fairing and sand easily. Others are made for strength. The later is the one you want.
If you go the route of using epoxy with fillers, wet out the surface with just the epoxy only, then finish filling in the voids with the epoxy and filler while the wet out area is still tacky.

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The toothpicks are good, but rather then the glue, I would use an expoy. I agree that all you want to do is fill the void, but you want it to outlast the table (so to speak).
I've never had a problem useing wood glue, I supose you could use Gorilla glue if your really concerned. Mixing epoxy sounds like overkill for such a small prodject.
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