Kerf-Mounted Corner Brackets for Legs - A Repair Story

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Blog entry by WoodshopTherapy posted 10-05-2019 11:58 AM 604 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I was familiar with leg brackets or kerf-mounted corner brackets or leg braces… they go by a few names. But when I had a piano bench brought to me by a customer, I was puzzled by what went wrong. These are normally bullet proof ways of connecting table legs to tables… so why did it fail?

It turns out, someone had repaired this before, likely several times. I had to undo the mess by re-milling a part and properly gluging it in place… I’m surprised how many people don’t know how to use wood glue. You can’t just squirt it on and put the pieces together… I’ve seen so many joints fail because of lack of glue, lack of spreading the glue, lack of clamping, poor joinery fit. I had a chair in my shop two weeks ago that was glued together with hot glue. I wish people would do a bit of research before they attempt a repair instead of making a bigger mess of it. Sorry for the rant.

Back to the leg repair. I took this piano bench apart and discovered someone added dowels to the legs and they broke off a piece of wood, which they replaced, but it failed. I made this video to show the leg repair but also included some woodworking tips on:
- honing a razor-sharp chisel
- how to properly glue wood
- using touch-up stain markers

-- Scott Bennett - sharing woodworking knowledge

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#1 posted 10-06-2019 04:10 AM

Thanks, Scott, for another great lesson.


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