Now that the leg has been removed from the base and reglued, the real repairs can begin. It’s not enough just to reglue the leg: the structural integrity of the leg has been too compromised by the severe nature of the break. Plus, there is extensive wood worm damage throughout the entire leg, which has further compromised it’s strength. In this picture you can see where I have removed a substantial amount of wood from the underside of the leg in preparation for inserting a hard wood fillet which will serve to strengthen the leg at the break.
The fillet is inserted deep into the leg, bridging the break and adding strength and stability.
The Fillet is shaped to follow the contour of the leg. Inserting the fillet from the underside helps to hide the repair.
The rosewood veneer is removed from the surface and hard wood patches are inlaid across the break to further reinforce the leg. With the veneer off now is a good time to attend to the insect damage. The damaged wood is saturated with an epoxy wood hardener and the channels that run throughout (from insect larvae eating their way out) are filled with epoxy putty.
With the repairs completed, a new piece of Brazillian rosewood is glued onto the surface, effectively hiding all the repair work underneath.
The now fully repaired leg is glued back onto the pedestal base. All that’s left is to color and polish the leg (with some slight distressing to simulate an aged patina) and finish the top.
The repaired leg is on the left.
Regluing the brass inlay and polishing the top.