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My father-in-law, Lloyd, was an avid woodworker. He passed away in 2004.

Earlier this year, one of his daughters brought me a foot stool that he had made of solid walnut. It was broken in half and had water stains on the top. She thought it was not repairable, but she gave it to me versus throwing it away.

Lloyd loved to build and design things, but hated finishing them. Often he barely got one coat of polyurethane on his projects. I suspect that is why the stool top got water stains.

The stool top split at the glue joint because he did not isolate the top from the rest of the stool, and allow a way for the top to expand and contract across the grain. I would have liked to make the top independent of the rest of the stool, but the 2 remaining stiles and 4 turned legs were heavily glued to the top. I decided to use Kreg pocket screws to repair the 2 stiles that had come loose. It should now be ready for many more years of service, and if it breaks again….....I will completely dismantle it and allow the top to move separately from the rest of the stool.

To see the rest of my trials & tribulations of repairing this stool, see my web site.

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Fine repair job. That is a good looking table!!.............Jim
 

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Thanks Jim!

I thought it would be a beautiful looking little table once it was repaired, since it was made of solid walnut. I could not bear to just throw it away.
 

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Wow! It looks good and new, no signs of damage. It will be an heirloom piece for sure. Great job on restoring it.
 
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