Granite Work Table Repair: Broken Legs
If you have a granite-top work table that has broken a leg, think twice before throwing the table out and buying a new one. With a little patience and attention to detail, you should be able to fix a broken table leg yourself and restore it to functionality. Below you will find a basic rundown of how to repair a table leg that has broken before its time.
Step 1 - Determine the Material
Determine what kind of material you are working with before you develop a plan of action for your broken table leg. Flip your table upside down and lay it on a surface that will not damage the table top itself. If the legs of your granite work table are made out of metal and have broken due to metal fatigue or for some other reason, your best bet will almost always be to simply purchase a new metal leg or a set of legs and attach them to your granite table top. Metal legs will typically be attached to the table top with bolts or screws and should be easy to interchange. If the legs of your table are made of wood, however, you should have more options to work with.
Step 2 - Determine the Extent of the Break
If your table legs have broken cleanly in a horizontal fashion, chances are that you will be able to effectively fix the table with a generous application of liquid nails in the broken joint. If the table leg broke on a diagonal, however, you will need to take additional precautions to ensure that the leg is structurally sound.
Step 3 - Glue and Tape The Leg Pieces Together
Apply liquid nails to both sides of the broken leg. Line up the broken pieces of the leg together and hold them in place while you wrap masking tape several times around the broken joint until the leg stays in place when you are not supporting it.
Step 4 - Drill through Leg and Insert Nails
Using a 1/8 inch drill bit, drill a hole through the table leg that passes through both of the broken pieces of table leg at once and protrudes through the other side. Next, drill another hole parallel to the one that you just drilled. Once you are finished with this, insert a nail into each hole until it protrudes from the other side. This will help with stability of the leg. Allow the leg to sit like this for at least 24 hours to allow the glue to dry and solidify.
Step 5 - Cut Ends of Nails Off
Once you have waited for the glue to dry, use wire cutters to cut off the ends of the nails that you inserted into the holes in the table leg. Using a metal file, shave down the ends of the nails so that they are flush with the sides of the table legs. Flip the table over and you should be ready to go.