I have an old cradle (from when I was a baby) that I want to fix up to use.
It has a stringer board that has barrel-shaped threaded inserts in the end
grain that gets bolted to the upright. The inserts have loosened and come
out of the board but they still can thread onto the bolts.
Obviously, a failure of any solution here could be disastrous should a baby
be in the cradle at the time.
So, how do I fix it? Can I fill the holes with glue and (after it cures)
redrill a new holes for new inserts without it failing? Or do I need to
replace the board completely (which I don't want to do as this is an
This is a natural for an epoxy thickened with microballoons.
It is very straight forward as long as you keep your wits about you.
Go to the library and get a copy of "The Gougeon Bros on Boat Construction".
All the necessary info RE: procedures and techniques are covered.
(It will take you longer to read how to do it than it will to do the job).
S/A: Challenge, The Bullet Proof Boat, (Under Construction in the Southland)
Should be able to epoxy the inserts back in I would think. Maybe further
secure the joint with some biscuits, dowels, or maybe even screws with some
plug covers. Assuming you're going for a permanent bond. Without seeing what
you have there its kind ofhard to determine the best and strongest route.
So glue dowels into the holes (with I assume Titebond wood glue), cut off
excess and sand smooth (flush), redrill the holes, and epoxy the inserts
Epoxy recommendations? I look at the orange Borg and saw Gorilla Glue, Super
Glue, and others (I don't know the difference).
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