How to Repair a Gateleg Table

What You'll Need
Wood Glue

Gateleg tables are extremely common types of tables which are found in many homes up and down the country. Because a table is used on a daily basis they take a lot of abuse, this means that they often need repairing.

There are a number of different things that you can do to repair gate leg tables. One of the most common problems with these is caused when the legs splinter or become loose because they continually move. Normally fixing a gate leg table is very easy, however it will depend on the exact cause of the problem and type of table.

Step 1 - Inspection

First start the project by inspecting the table and taking a look at it. Find out exactly what is wrong with it and determine what you can do to fix it. Also take a look at how the gate leg table legs are attached to the table. These will normally be fixed using small hinges which can become lose over time.

Step 2 - Tightening Screws

If your table leg is fixed on using a hinge which is screwed on then these screws may be lose. Try tightening the screws to find out whether or not this cures the problem.

Step 3 - Replacing the Hinges

Sometimes the hinges can take a lot of abuse because they continually open and close. You may need to consider replacing these screws. When replacing screws you must ensure that you are replacing them with a similar type and style of hinge.

Step 4 - Glue

If the table leg itself has started to separate then this could simply need some extra glue. Apply a seam of glue in all of the gaps and press the table leg together. The table leg will resemble a frame and needs to be very secure. Press everything together and rest it overnight before you attempt to move the leg or use the table.

Step 5 - Splinters

If there are any splinters in the wooden leg then this can be quite rough, it can also mean that you get caught on it quite easily. To solve this you will first need to get rid of the splinter so that the wood is as smooth as possible.

Then it's simply a matter of pressing wood filler into the cavity with a putty knife. Make sure that this is pressed in firmly to prevent it from falling out. Allow the wood filler plenty of time to harden before doing anything else with it.

Step 6 - Sanding the Table

Sand down the wood filler so that it is smooth and level with the rest of the leg. Dust the table leg to get rid of any small particles and dust.

Step 7 - Finishing Touches

Now put your finishing touches to the table by painting or staining the table to the same color as original. You might first need to sand the surface of the table down so that it can be re-stained again.