Need to find best way to repair split wood

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Old 02-23-07, 10:12 AM
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Need to find best way to repair split wood

Hello,

I recently purchased a used toy dog rocker and need to repair some damage (either by shipping or undisclosed by the seller). The left rail has a large split in it that goes pretty deep and I'm not sure the best way to repair it.

Here's a link to three pictures that show the rocker and the split.

http://alandmel.no-ip.info/rocker.html
or if this doesn't work... check out these three links:
the rocker
http://www.snapdrive.net/files/96356/DSC02033.JPG
inside of the rail (split)
http://www.snapdrive.net/files/96356/DSC02031.JPG
outside of the rail (split)
http://www.snapdrive.net/files/96356/DSC02027.JPG

Do you think I should use wood glue as far in as possible and then clamp it for a day or more? Should I use a nail/screw to secure it? or both? Is there anything else that I could do to secure it and make sure it doesn't split any more when used.

Thanks in advance!

Alan Hébert

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The url you posted doesn't work

Could you please post it up again?
The url for the pic, not your e-mail
It could help to give a proper answer
 

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Thanks!

I updated the posting with other links to the pictures that will work.
 
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That worked
I can see those just fine

I'd glue it and countersink a wood screw in there to tighten it up and hold it
Then cover the hole with a wooden bung

But I am going to move this to woodworking
Although it is furniture, it's more like woodworking, and I feel you might get the best chance for quality answers over there
 
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Be sure to use a good quality glue. I like Gorilla Glue. It is messy, but really strong.
 
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It looks to me like the existing glue line has split for some reason. You could inject the cracked glue line with glue, then clamp it, but that would probably only be a cosmetic repair since the injected glue could not possibly coat the entire 3/4" wide surface of the crack evenly. Realistically you might only be injecting a small amount of glue along the edges of the crack, which probably would not be enough to create a permanent bond.

The best repair would involve removing the curved left rocker rail, cutting the entire length of it apart along the glue line (in effect, extending to crack to make a clean break along the entire length of the rail where the two different grains of wood are joined together) with a thin blade such as a scroll saw, then regluing the entire joint, clamping it together. This would be the best, most permanent repair because the entire surface where the two pieces of wood join must be bonded together. I doubt that injecting the crack with glue, then clamping it would be sufficient to hold up if you (well, not you... but someone smaller than you ) intends to use it.
 
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