I have a wall clock that fell off the wall and the door came apart at the
corners. The corners where glued and the broke apart cleanly so not much
damage to recover. What type glue should I use to reglue the corners?
On Fri, 7 May 2004 11:03:36 -0400, "Terry Kemmerer"
fair enough. it still stands, though that if the piece has any value,
it should be repaired as closely as possible to the original. tests
can determine what glue was used originally. the first thing to
establish here is the vintage of this clock. was it new when you got
it or is it an antique? I'll assume that you weren't given, say, a 10
year old clock as a retirement gift. if you aren't sure, please post
pictures to alt.binaries.pictures.woodworking.
if it's an antique, get help from a professional antiques restorer.
don't even think of messing with it yourself unless you are one, which
you aren't if you have to ask this question about glues.
if it's modern, but a good piece, see to it that the repair is done by
someone qualified. depending on your skill level and what technical
resources you have at hand, this might or might not be you.
if it has sentimental value only, and you think you would enjoy the
project, by all means forge ahead. in this case, here are some things
1) if you use a glue like epoxy, the piece will not be able to be
repaired again. next time you drop it, the wood will break instead of
the joint releasing.
2)since the old glue broke cleanly without damaging the wood, your
main task is to clean out the old glue and reassemble.
3) make sure you get all of the old glue out of there. many glues can
be softened a bit to ease scraping. if the glue is a vinyl glue like
elmers white glue or the yellow carpenter's glues, a drop or two of
vinegar will help.
4) before you apply any glue to the newly scraped surfaces, practice
the assembly dry. do it as many times as necessary until you are
confident that you have all of the necessary items at hand and can
complete the assembly in less time than the open time of the glue you
are using. you will need clamps of the right size, something to apply
the glue with and rags to clean up with, pads to keep the clamps from
dinging your finished surfaces, a square to check the assembly, a flat
surface to work on and lots of other stuff....
keep us up to date, eh?
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