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 happened.
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, Sam