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RipFence

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04-18-2020 09:44 PM

Hello All:
I’m finishing up a Stickley style Ottoman and I just found a teeny tiny check that I overlooked in the bottom of one leg. Wish I could show you a pic but its too small for my cheap camera. It runs diagonally across the bottom of one leg from about a half inch from the corner on both sides. On one side it just barely shows up. It doesn’t make it all the way to the other face. I’m concerned that sooner or later its going to break off leaving a big ugly spot on the leg.
I thought of trying to get epoxy into the crack but its just so small, I don’t think any would get in.
So that leaves me thinking about ways to fix it. One thought I had was to drill a small hole up from the bottom of the leg through the check. Then glue a dowel in the hole. The only thing else I can think of would be to cut a saw kerf along the check and glue in a spline.
Advice appreciated!
Stay safe,
Jim


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#1 posted 04-18-2020 10:08 PM

Without seeing it, I would wick in some thin CA glue and clamp it.

-- Darrel

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#2 posted 04-18-2020 10:12 PM

I think drilling a hole and a dowel would work and not be visible.

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#3 posted 04-18-2020 11:20 PM

Thanks Foghorn and Redoak49! I had not thought about superglue. As you said, that might wick in.
The dowel does seem pretty simple and robust.
I might try some superglue and see if it flows in. If not I’ll drill and dowel.
Also, will try to get a pic and post it.
Thanks
Jim

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#4 posted 04-19-2020 12:48 AM


Thanks Foghorn and Redoak49! I had not thought about superglue. As you said, that might wick in.
The dowel does seem pretty simple and robust.
I might try some superglue and see if it flows in. If not I ll drill and dowel.
Also, will try to get a pic and post it.
Thanks
Jim

- RipFence


The thin superglue will flow into the tightest of cracks by capillary action. I use it extensively for things like guitar binding that is taped tightly in place and then glue wicked in. Good luck however you proceed.

-- Darrel

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#5 posted 04-19-2020 03:13 AM

Thank you Darrel. Do you have a favorite brand you would recommend?

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#6 posted 04-19-2020 03:26 AM



Thank you Darrel. Do you have a favorite brand you would recommend?

- RipFence


I really like the Hotstuff sold by LeeValley. I’m sure there are plenty of similar ones though.

-- Darrel

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#7 posted 04-19-2020 12:28 PM

I’d also use super glue if at all possible in this example. Here’s a tip in case it works for someone down the road. If you need Titebond or similar glue in a crack or check that goes through a piece, here’s a tip. Water the glue down a little, put some on the crack or check and use a vacuum cleaner hose on the other side to suck the glue through the joint then clamp it. It works, I’ve done it in the past.

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#8 posted 04-19-2020 12:42 PM

These tips are great as the mark of a real craftsman is how to hide problems.

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#9 posted 04-19-2020 03:54 PM

Thanks again everyone! The spec I saw on one particular thin CA glue said it would penetrate into 0.002” gaps. That should do it!

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#10 posted 04-19-2020 11:02 PM

Here is another alternative using a combination of the above suggestions: drill a small (maybe 1/8:) hole and then squirt some glue (PVA or epoxy) into the hole. Then drive in a 1/8” dowel. The dowel will push the glue throughout the crack. Clamp it and wipe off the squeeze out.

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#11 posted 04-20-2020 02:34 PM

Thanks Bilyo, that is absolutely brilliant! I realized I have a feeler gauge that goes down to 0.02mm which is ~.0008” and I couldn’t get that into the check. Your solution should push the CA glue into it and provide the dowel solution.

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#12 posted 04-20-2020 03:50 PM

All great advice!

I’d only add that if you get some super glue in the small squeeze tube, drill a hole slightly larger than the diameter of the tube tip, centered on the crack. This way you can post the tip into the hole and squeeze until the glue starts to ooze out. You should get deeper and faster penetration this way (then clamp away).

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#13 posted 04-20-2020 04:09 PM


All great advice!

I d only add that if you get some super glue in the small squeeze tube, drill a hole slightly larger than the diameter of the tube tip, centered on the crack. This way you can post the tip into the hole and squeeze until the glue starts to ooze out. You should get deeper and faster penetration this way (then clamp away).

- splintergroup


I use the small disposable pipette droppers. I just open the lid of the glue, suck up a little and then dispense. They are also nice as you can stretch the tip and then snip it off to a very small diameter. I buy mine in either 1 or 2 oz. bottles though.

-- Darrel

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