How to repair a wood table leg

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Over the course of a wooden table's life, a problem that many table owners have is that their wooden furniture can become worn or even break along the legs. A worn table leg may be shorter than the other legs, while a broken leg may have a crack, a splintering or a full separation of the parts of the leg. Repairing a table leg does not require intimidating woodworking tools that include lathes or carving knives. A novice can fix a table leg with no prior woodworking experience.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Leg leveller screw
  • Drill
  • Assorted drill bits
  • Furniture cleaner
  • Cleaning rag
  • Wood glue
  • Woodworking clamps
  • Slow set wood epoxy
  • Putty knife

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    Uneven legs

  1. 1

    Turn your table over so that the legs point up.

  2. 2

    Measure your table legs to determine the height of each leg. The difference in height of the legs is the reason for the table's unevenness.

  3. 3

    Drill a hole into the centre bottom of the uneven leg that is slightly smaller in length than the leg-leveller screw, but the same diameter.

  4. 4

    Insert the screw into the drill hole so that the leg is as long as the other three legs, and tighten into place.

    Broken legs

  1. 1

    Turn the table over so that the legs point up.

  2. 2

    Clean the surfaces of the break with furniture cleaner that contains white spirit. Such cleaners are designed for cleaning wood and are suitable for woodworking projects.

  3. 3

    Apply wood glue to both surfaces of the break. Wood glue is formulated to dry into a stronger bond than the wood itself.

  4. 4

    Press the surfaces of the break together and hold them in place with a woodworking clamp. Be careful to not let the clamp touch the drying glue, so that you do not accidentally glue the clamp to your table leg.

  5. 5

    Fill in gaps in splintered wood with wood epoxy and a putty knife.

  6. 6

    Allow wood glue and wood epoxy to dry up to 48 hours before releasing the wood clamps, turning the table back over and using it.

Tips and warnings

  • Before beginning your project, you may wish to put down a tarp to protect your work surface against glue drips.
  • Eye protection should be worn when operating power tools.
  • You should work in a well-ventilated room when working with glue or epoxy

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