Repair Crate & Barrel China Cabinet Legs


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Old 03-05-15, 05:11 PM
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Repair Crate & Barrel China Cabinet Legs

Hi... Looking for some advice before I start the repair...

I have a C&B China Cabinet that is 72"hx36"wx18"d. Recently, while moving it, 2 of the legs snapped off. I need to reattach them but good enough so the cabinet stays up!

The bottom of the cabinet is 1/2" plywood base and the trim/leg pieces form a rectangle that attaches to under the base by wood screws. The trim/leg pieces are attached to themselves at each corner using wood dowels and cam/metal pins to hold them together.

The two problems I have...1. On two of the legs, the metal pin was sheared in half so I can no longer secure the leg to the trim piece other than using the dowels. 2. The screw hole on the 1/2" plywood base of the cabinet was sort of gouged out when the mounting screw was ripped out.

I need to figure out best way to reattach the legs to the trim pieces and then reattached the two legs and trim piece to the cabinet base.

Any suggestions are appreciated!
Thanks.

Side/bottom of the cabinet.... See the legs/trim pieces that are still attached but the ones on the other side are missing.

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Close up view (bottom of cabinet) of where the missing legs/trim pieces belong.
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Close up of underside of cabinet showing how the legs/trim pieces are attached to each other and screwed into the base.
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Two legs connected by a trim piece - this is what was broken off from the base. This is 3 parts - 2 legs and 1 trim piece that are attached together via wood dowels and the cam/metal pin.
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You can see the way the legs and trim are connected here - I took them apart by twisting the cam a 1/4 to 1/2 turn and pulling... no glue on the dowels apparently.

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This is a close up of same leg showing the face up side where the metal pin was sheared off and the 2 holes for the dowels.
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Old 03-05-15, 05:24 PM
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(will post some pics soon)
Will be able to help better with them. We are flying blind otherwise.
 
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Old 03-05-15, 08:08 PM
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Pics posted... see original post. Thanks!
 
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Old 03-05-15, 10:34 PM
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The legs were not designed strong enough for hutch to be dragged.
I used your picture as an example of how to fix.

- Glue wood dowels. Use an artist's brush to apply glue in holes and around outside of dowels. Clamp and let dry overnight. I would recommend you do this all around and not only the broken legs.
- Once you have reconstructed the base, add a second piece of solid 3/4 lumber to the backside of each of the 4 skirts (yellow outline). Attach the added pieces to the legs using pockets screws and glue.
- There are inexpensive pocket hole jigs you can purchase. Post back if you need tips on how to do it. You will need a drill, clamp, and a 3/8" drill bit with stop or a special bit.

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Old 03-06-15, 06:29 AM
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Wood glue and a Kreg tool should fix it.
I'd also do the ones that have not broken off.
 
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Old 03-06-15, 04:37 PM
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Thanks for the replies and advice...

My original thought was to use small 90 deg. angle irons to secure the skirts to the bottom of the cabinet once the legs were reattached to the skirts. I can see that the 3/4" wood bracing would be more secure.

So just to be exact....

I reassemble the legs to the skirts using wood glue on the dowels (ignoring the broken metal pins) and then glue the two good ones as well. (So now the 4 legs and skirts are attached to each other and the four skirts are attached to the bottom of the cabinet via the sunken screws).

Placing the newly added 3/4" wood braces (one for each skirt) next to the each skirt, I secure each brace to the existing skirt using a few screws. Then using pocket screws and the jig to drill, I attach the braces to the legs.

What about attaching the 3/4" wood braces to the bottom of the cabinet? Should I use additional screws similar to the way the skirts are screwed in? Am I gluing any of these pieces?
 
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You're correct, just double up the sides. You could screw the new pieces to the existing skirts and glue them to the cabinet bottom instead of screwing.

If you haven't used pocket hole screws before, practice on scrap pieces to get your hole depth and screw length correct.
 
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Hi. A month later and cabinet is repaired using your instructions! Pocket hole screws work great and easy enough for me to do!!!
 
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Old 04-08-15, 07:45 PM
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Thanks for the update. Pocket hole screws and glue work wonders.
You have made that furniture much stronger. Good Job.
 
 

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