A friend asked me to look at a broken table leg to see if it could be
salvaged. This is a turned leg, with the top 6 inches or so left square
(appx 2" on a side). Apparently, the square portion of the leg, where it
bolts to the table, suffered some sort of a failure, and the top 4" was cut
off. So I'm thinking of the best way to attach a new 2" square by 4" long
piece to what's left of the top of the leg. A good glue will be required,
but I'm also thinking about a large dowel rod running through the new piece,
and well into the leg. Your thoughts?
The dowel will probably do the job structurally but unless the table is
painted, short of turning a new one, I think making the repair look
decent will be the real ball buster of the job.
If it were my repair job to do I'd just make a new leg.
Instead of a dowel alone, why not lag bolt the new section to the old?
This has the added benefit of serving as your clamp for the glue you
intend to use. You were going to bore a hole for the dowel, so just use
a forstner bit and drill out 3" or so as a recess for the bolt head and
washer. Then put your dowel in and glue it right over the lag bolt. If
you need to drill crosswise through the new piece for mounting to the
table this approach may not work if you will be borng through the bolt
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