How to repair a Tea Cart foot that’s missing wood

This is a fairly common problem with pieces like this little drop-leaf Tea Cart.  The two steering feet have casters in them so they can rotate 360 degrees, and because of this, it’s a high stress location.  Even if we had the piece which was broken away, it wouldn’t be a reasonable repair to simply glue it back together because the break was likely not clean, and had become more and more broken over time, until it finally gave way.  Instead, to correctly repair the leg, we needed to add a new piece of Mahogany, and shape it to match the rest of the leg.  It’s the same general idea as was used in our article about the broken chair stretcher.  This type of repair procedure is the correct way to fix many breaks which occur on the extremities of furniture.

4 comments… add one
  • Angela R.

    This is incredible work. Can that be done regardless of what type of wood the furniture is?

    • Mike

      Absolutely. And thank you for the kind words!

  • lester

    that is great work on the leg . I have one to repair.

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