Saturday, February 23, 2013

How to Repair Bombay Tea Table

Fig.2 Table and leg
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Acid brush
Large rubber band
Plant wire sponge clean and wet
Titebond® wood glue

Mrs. Black is a Chef on a on the Creative Cooking Channel. She called me to have a favorite Bombay tea table repaired, someone had leaned on it the the table legs had snapped.

This post shows the nine steps to repair this mahogany English tea table. 

Step 1: Mrs. Black purchased her table at the Hollywood Bombay location, this table is not longer being sold but a similar one can be seen here. Fig.1 and above fig.2 shows the snapped leg and the table leaning against the wall. Fig.3 shows the leg by itself. 
Fig.1 Upside down
Fig.3 The broken leg
Step 2: Fig.4 shows the use Titebond® to glue the legs to the body of the table. 
Fig.4 Wood 
Step 3: Fig.5 shows the two legs have the wood glue inside the table joints. 
Fig.5 Inserting 
the leg
Step 4: Fig.6 shows the glue is applied inside the column area.
Fig.6 Applying 
wood glue

Step 5: Fig.7 shows the wood joint has glue on it on all sides.
Fig.7 Applying wood 
glue to the leg slot

Step 6: Now assemble the legs together and use plant wire to help support the legs until the glue dried and the legs are strong again.  
Step 7: Fig.8 shows the use a clean wet sponge to removed the glue from the edges.
Fig.8 Remove extra 
wood glue

Step 8: Use rubber bands in coordination with plant wire to hold the legs tightly. It's difficult to do because there is no easy place to place the rubber bands. Fig.9 shows a plant wire reel which is usually green and has a green paper outer covering with a metal wire interior with allows strength when used. The rubber bands are in place to hold the body tightly against the table column.
Fig.8 Using rubber bands
Fig.9 Attaching plant wire
Step 9: Fig.11 shows the last step to screw in the table column on the table top. Wait for two days to let the glue set up then remove the rubber band, the plant wire and put the table back to use.
Fig.11 Job finished

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