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Old January 11th 05, 05:42 PM
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Default Round oak table repair

Asking help from the woodworking wizards...

I'm "restoring" a solid red oak table that is 4' round with 2 solid
half round skirts. Among many things needing repair is one lamination
of the top seperated and needs to reattached. In addition, the skirts
are straightening out and are probably the reason why the above

I made some U shaped gluing cauls to glue the top up again. I can
probably get the lamination back on with 2 bar clamps and cauls, one on
top and one on the bottom as I can't overlap any due to the roundness.
However, there is another glue joint beginning to fail in the center
I'd like to drop some glue in and clamp too, but I can't figure out how
to clamp without making 2 huge cauls encompassing the entire top with
to apply clamps. If I need to make these, anybody have any tips???
Other ideas???

The skirts are clamped now "bowing arrow" style 1" under their
estimated mounting diameter. What is the best way to mount these
again? They were drilled & screwed into the top evey 8" with their
ends meeting against the grain (prolly forcing the above joint failure)
along with some scrap 45 deg blocks every 12" or so glued and tacked
using these funky razor looking things. I'm thinking of making some
large oak strips to join the skirts together and to try to keep them
round, and then screwing them into the table and maybe using 4
triangular pieces in strategic places. Any thoughts???

I appreciate any response and will be glad to elaborate if needed,
Thanks again,

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Old January 11th 05, 08:12 PM
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Not sure I understand all of this without a few pictures but here is a

1. Attaching aprons to top: The attachment should allow for some slip.
They have items called table irons, little metal figure eight type
things with one screw in top, one in apron. Or you can build (l shaped)
wood blocks that screw to the top and fit in a slot in the apron. You
don't need much slip so eeven screws in a sloppy hole will work.

2. Regarding gluning the top: If I understand this right you have a
round top made out of a glued up panel and one of the edge joints in
the center of the panel is failing. Just put one clamp directly
perpendicular to the crack, then another about 10 degrees to each side
of that and again to each side of that. That gives you 40 degrees total
and should easily pull the crack in. I'm talking about a radial
pattern, like spokes on a wheel or slices of a pie.

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Old January 13th 05, 04:23 PM
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Wish I would learn how to post pics, but nevertheless, there are 2
primary issues:

1. Joining 2 solid bent aprons to top while keeping them from pulling
the joints of the top apart again. Thought: Maybe join the 2 together
first with some oak strips and mount with the 8 shaped fasteners
avoiding any triangular supports???

2. Clamping a round surface to repair a crack starting at the top's
edge. Imagine an face cut of a 48" diameter oak log with a check 4"
long starting from the edge. Thought: Maybe use 2 Jorg wood clamps
parallel to the crack and clamp the jorgs perpendicular to the crack
with bar clamps???

Hope this eliminates the confusion.

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