Antique Bed Repair

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Project by Zonker posted 09-11-2019 08:37 PM 845 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have this really old bed that we use in our Office/ spare room. It has these really small wood casters on each leg and two of the wheels cracked and broke. I had the pieces for one and simply glued them back together around the axle. The attached Pictures show the repair process for the other. The casters’ axles are basically rivets going through a sheet metal frame, so removing them with out destroying the bed was out of the question. What I did was determine the size of wheel and use a holesaw to cut almost through some oak with it. Then I split the wheel on the band saw as shown in the third picture. Next I finished drilling through with the holesaw. A little sanding of the two halves and I had to open the axle hole some. After that I was able to glue and clamp the wheel around the axle and boom! All fixed. A short and satisfying fix.

-- Larry A. - I've made a small fortune with my woodworking. The trouble is, I started with a large fortune.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-12-2019 12:41 AM

Very clever and it will last a long long time. I love making wooden wheels but you did not even have to knock out the axle with that method!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 09-12-2019 01:00 AM

Clever fix! I have two dressers from the 30s which are going to need similar repairs after some movers broke a couple feet on mine. I’ll be keeping your fix in mind.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 09-12-2019 01:32 AM

Nice solution and restoration.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 09-12-2019 07:47 PM

Thanks everyone. Dave: Glad I could help.

-- Larry A. - I've made a small fortune with my woodworking. The trouble is, I started with a large fortune.

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