How to Repair a Gateleg Table

  • 1 hours
  • Intermediate
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What You'll Need
Wood Glue
Sandpaper
Filler
Painter's tape
Clamps
Rags
Paintbrush
Paint
Sealant
Screwdriver
Screws
Hinges
What You'll Need
Wood Glue
Sandpaper
Filler
Painter's tape
Clamps
Rags
Paintbrush
Paint
Sealant
Screwdriver
Screws
Hinges

Gateleg tables are extremely common types of tables that are found in many homes up and down the country. Because a table is used on a daily basis they take a lot of abuse, which means that they sometimes need repairing.

There are a number of different things that you can do to repair gate leg tables. One of the most common problems with these is caused when the legs splinter or become loose because they continually move. Normally fixing a gate leg table is very easy, however, it will depend on the exact cause of the problem and type of table.

Step 1 - Checking the Problem and the Cause

First, start the project by inspecting the table and taking a look at it. Find out exactly what is wrong with it and determine what you can do to fix it. Also, take a look at how the gate leg table legs are attached to the table. These will normally be fixed using small hinges which can become loose over time.

Step 2 - Tightening Screws

If your table leg is fixed on using a hinge that is screwed on then these screws maybe lose. Try tightening the screws to find out whether or not this cures the problem. If the screw is stripped and can't be tightened, remove it, insert a toothpick in the hole (or a similar slim object) and cut it flush with the wood surface. re-install the screw which will now have better traction.

If the screws are bent or somewhat damaged you may need to consider replacing these screws, making sure that you are replacing them with a similar type and style of hinge.

Step 3 - Checking the Hinges

Sometimes the hinges can take a lot of abuse because they are continually opening and closing, and suffer excessive wear and tear. If you need to replace the hinge, look for one that matches with the rest, or you might have to buy and replace the complete set of them.

Step 4 - Glue

If the table leg itself has started to separate then this could simply need some extra glue. Apply a seam of glue in all of the gaps and press the table leg together. The table leg will resemble a frame and needs to be very secure. Woodworking clamps should be used to secure the pieces together and let the assembly set overnight before you attempt to move the leg or use the table.

Step 5 - Splinters

If there are any splinters in the wooden leg then this can be quite rough, it could also cause you to get caught and hurt on it quite easily. To solve this you will first need to get rid of the splinter by gluing it back onto the leg using painter's tape to hold it down while drying or by breaking it off if it's only minor. A light sanding will then be required to finish.

Then it's simply a matter of pressing wood filler into any cavity that was created, using a putty knife. Make sure that this is pressed in firmly to prevent it from falling out. Allow the wood filler plenty of time to harden before doing anything else with it.

Step 6 - Sanding the Table

Sand down the wood filler so that it is smooth and level with the rest of the leg. Dust the table leg to get rid of any small particles and dust.

Step 7 - Finishing Touches

Now put your finishing touches to the table by painting or staining the table to the same color as the original. You might first need to sand the surface of the table down so that it can be re-stained again.