Repairing antique dresser

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Old 12-15-20, 05:07 PM
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Repairing antique dresser

Not concerned so much about aesthetics, as the wife already approved the parts
I purchased....
One leg gone from an old standup dresser that has wooden wheels.
I bought a replacement leg for it and stain to disguise the repair somewhat.
Problem I have is...
Where the leg broke off during our move,
there's a spindly bolt sticking down.
In the repair leg, there's a screw / bolt sticking up.
I feel I should wrench the old bolt out but fearful I could
tear something apart that doesn't need to be.
Found no replacement legs that did not have a protruding bolt.

Any advice welcome.
Can share photos once I'm back in the homestead if needed....



 
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Old 12-15-20, 06:06 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

That is a fairly specific repair.
A picture would sure be helpful..... How-to-insert-pictures.
 
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Old 12-15-20, 06:25 PM
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Ok. Here goes. The good leg and the busted one





 
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And where's the leg you bought?
 
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Have not shaped or stained it yet but here it is.


 
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Old 12-15-20, 07:38 PM
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Well, you would need to remove the old stud that is left in the old leg, and the way its cracked, that doesn't look good. You would likely want to glue and clamp those cracks first to hold it together... maybe take 2 pieces of wood and carve them to kind of match the shape of that cracked ball... then glue and clamp those 2 pieces tightly to close that crack. Use a flat toothpick to drive wood glue in and out of that crack before you clamp it. Wipe off any glue that squeezes out with a rag and hot water.

Then after that glue has set up for 24hr or so, leave the clamp on and work on turning that stud out. I'd probably lay the piece on its back and try using a broken bolt extractor on it and see if it would turn out.

Once its out you would need to cut the old leg flat or whatever shape you need, then put a threaded insert into the old leg. This might be a EZ LOK insert or similar. Then your new leg can thread into that.
 
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Old 12-17-20, 02:47 PM
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Thank you very much. Complete and thorough help! Exactlywhat i suspected so its refreshing to think my head was on the right track.
 
 

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