Repair crack in wood

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Old 12-03-08, 09:28 AM
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Repair crack in wood

I have a lawyer style bookshelf that has a 3" crack going with the grain. I feel to repair it, I should moisten the wood to help the bonding, and hope that the pressure that cased the crack lessens.

Any suggestions on how, and what to use?
Glue choice's too please!
 
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Old 12-03-08, 01:18 PM
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Any chance you can post a pic?

I would opt for polyurethane glue like Gorilla; damp the area squeeze the glue in and clamp it to draw the crack closed. The poly glue will expand and ooze out some. When it's cured, carefully remove the excess.
 
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thanks tow-guy, wife has camera out of town. I need to know how to "WET" wood.
I saw something with an iron... Yea... like I know what an iron does....

Do I need to take it into the shower room with me to soften it?
 
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Old 12-03-08, 05:59 PM
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Poly glue needs moisture to work best. Don't need a lot...a damp sponge pressed to the split is plenty.
 
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I have poly-glue. And the dampening into the crack should be easy. My main concern is the wood has split aprox 1/8 in. I feel that if I clamp and glue, it won't hold, or the pressure caused be the clamping will start the crack moving upwards. It looks like mahogany and doesn't move when I use hand power to compress
So should I be worried? I could have this thing fixed before the Wife returns from the beach!
 
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O.K.
I glued the split back togrther, and let it sit 4 days. Our ambiant temp here has been 75 deg. I loosened the clamp and the crack re-opened. It didn't seem to help at all. It opened wider every twist of the clamp handle. I still feel that there is a way to "steam" the wood so it would be more flexable,and able to put less strain on the crack repair. Any suggestions would help!
 
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Old 12-07-08, 11:55 AM
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Well, any "steaming" will make the wood more flexible...but wood has a memory. It will try to go back where it was.

I think at this point you would be better to just fill the crack with a putty or epoxy and stain or color to match.
 
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