Disaster! Dining Table Repair
  Re: Disaster! Dining Table Repair by Bibliophile 13 ([color=#333333][size...)
Man Steve,

when I saw the first 2 pics, I was shocked. This great and new table that seriously impacted! Seeing the further pics, my smile came back. You fixed it great. As mentioned already, now the table has a history.

  Re: Disaster! Dining Table Repair by Bibliophile 13 ([color=#333333][size...)
Yup, username checks out.

(I also have way too many books, and since we're moving now, I realize how heavy they are. Still, it's one more bit of old technology - like planes, handsaws - that I just don't want to give up.)

Great repair. I'm sure you won't notice it in a week's time.
  Re: Disaster! Dining Table Repair by Bibliophile 13 ([color=#333333][size...)
Outstanding tutorial on your fix, Steve!  I took, am glad no one was hurt.  The nice thing about solid wood is its ability to be repaired.  That repair would have been a lot more difficult, if not impossible were it veneered plywood.
Still Learning,

Allan Hill
  Re: Disaster! Dining Table Repair by Bibliophile 13 ([color=#333333][size...)
Thanks for the kind words--and the sympathy!

I did repair and reinforce the valance. At it turns out, the brackets holding the valances on were attached with wood screws that were not appropriate for the application. I'm a little surprised that this didn't happen years ago. A few books are going back up on one of the three valances in the room, but it's the one above the workbench (where a collapse wouldn't be catastrophic), but no more books are going on this one.
Steve S.
Tradition cannot be inherited, and if you want it you must obtain it by great labour.
- T. S. Eliot

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  Re: RE: Disaster! Dining Table Repair by Sawdustd (Stuff happens!  Grea...)
Nice job! When my dad and I built a new top for our cherry dining room table (a Shaker-style trestle table), we screwed up and cracked the top in one place. But we glued it up and I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who notices--or even knows of--the flaw. My only suggestion is to replace the pine with a piece of cherry. I suspect it wouldn't need to be as thick as the pine you used. In any case it would look better. Probably no one would even notice it's there.
  Re: Disaster! Dining Table Repair by Bibliophile 13 ([color=#333333][size...)
Would bread-board ends have prevented the split?
  Re: Disaster! Dining Table Repair by Bibliophile 13 ([color=#333333][size...)
As they say, "Life is messy - clean it up!".  Or in woodworking terms - "Things break - fix 'em!".  That was quite the save, which is of course the true measure of a woodworkers ability.  Yes
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