I have an old oak fold-top desk that has
been in SWMBO's family for generations.
During a move on a very cold day, the
desk fell out of the box of my truck
and onto the cold hard pavement. While I
was going round a corner doing about 35.
Needless to say, the desk suffered more
than the road did.
Somehow I still have SWMBO. I certainly
still have the desk.
I"ve been rebuilding and refinishing it
over the winter, and for the most part
I'm happy with the results.
However, one of the legs broke clear in
half. The leg is tapered, 11/4" square
at the top, to about 3/4" at the foot.
Just where it starts to taper, bout half
way, it broke. Ragged, miserable fracture.
This leg attaches to the frame of the
desk with dowels. The break is at one of
them. I don't know what to do with this
break. I can't just glue it back
together because it's essentially
endgrain to endgrain. I'm not confident
enough to dowel it inside the break and
I don't have a drill press.
Two faces of this leg will be hidden
after re-assembly, so I have some
places to hide patches. I'm thinking of
routing a channel on one of those hidden
faces and filling it with another piece
of oak. The dowel that is there doesn't
have critical placement and I could move
the dowel elsewhere away from the patch.
Does that make any sense, or is there a
better way of doing this?
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