I have a small coffee table that has developed a split in the timber top at both ends.
I had planned to just glue and clamp, but now wondering if that will be enough, so that is why I am asking the very talented and helpful people who visit and seek advice on this site.
I thought I may have to put some extra bracing underneath as the glue may not be strong enough.
Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.
One side looks fairly easy, the other end looks to have bowed up as well so not sure how flat it would be clamped across the grain. PVA glue would be the easier to use but it is not as strong as epoxy. Polly glue is another alternative as it foams up and can fill in some gaps.
Probably a two person job for the bowed corner, or a convaluted array of clamps.
I'd use a polyurethane glue as it is stronger than PVA, just make sure to not use too much and clean up immediately, as Brad said it foams.
Disposable gloves too unless you like trying to pick it off you hands for days.
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Thank you @Brad when you say PVA is like aquadhere glue ? I have the exterior one, is that the same? Sorry Brad I thought PVA was stuff kids used to glue paper projects.
That is one brand I prefer the Titebond ones as they make a Melamine as well as a waterproof one.
Hi guys @Brad & @MitchellM is that like Araldite 2 part Epoxy Adhesive ? Not sure what you are talking about when you mention foams? Which sound like that could do the trick as one corner has a slightly bigger gap than the other, that's for sure.
That was the main reason I asked for advice as I would have just used aquadhere glue but the corner with the bigger gap could prove to be a bigger problem. I would hate to snap it, while trying to clamp it back together and have left it much longer that I would have because of this. Procrastination for sure. Through apprehension or fear of messin up, big time and ruining the table.
Thanks again for taking the time to help me with this one guys, much appreciated.
Thank you @Brad I will pop into bunnings over the weekend and see what I can find. I had also thought of using a mending plate, just wasn't sure of what screws to use as the top isn't that thick and would hate to go through it. Or split it worse.
Polly glue first one I could find...