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post #1 of 4 Old 09-19-2014, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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How to glue back in chunk of wood that popped off in transit?

Hi everyone! Newbie here. I've just started building a sofa back table and coffee table. The coffee table will be made from book matched walnut that I'm going to join, but we had an incident during shipping with the slab for the sofa back table. A chunk of it came out in transit (see the crappy pic below). How should I re-attach this? Glue it, clamp it, and use a couple of bow tie joints to reinforce it? Let me know if you need more detailed pictures.

I've built an electric guitar from scratch (should get to wet sanding the lacquer this weekend!) but that's my only woodworking experience. Speaking of which....

Speaking of bow tie joints, I need to reinforce a few cracks with some in the coffee table. Should I used quartered hardwood for the bow ties or will flat sawn work?
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-19-2014, 12:12 PM
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I would just glue and clamp.You would not want the bowtie showing up in the finished piece if it wasn't necessary.
It also looks like the board in the pic has a live edge so these boards are going to be machined.Do you have enough length to just cut that end off.

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I would return it to sender. If it was broken in transit it is the senders responsibility.

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If you repair

I would consider sending it back but, if you decide to keep it and do a repair then consider a lose tenon and GFlex Epoxy from West Systems.

I have a Festool Domino Joiner (DF700) that would make that job easy with a slip tenon about three inches long to register it in plane then use the GFlex which has some give to it for a tight joint that allows some flex if needed (not a brittle joint).

I would use plane sawn wood for your bow tie repairs.


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