Saturday, 3 March 2018

Sewing Table

A partial repair on Jan’s sewing table today.  One corner of the base has warped with the heat whilst in the storage container.  The entire cabinet is made from veneered particle board and my plan was to straighten the warped section and then glue a rectangular length of hardwood behind to hold the straightened section in place.

The first step was to clamp a length of hardwood across the warped area and establish how badly it was twisted.


I’ve drawn a red line on the photo to show where ‘level’ is.

The next step was to add some weight to the end of the clamped length of hardwood and twist the warped base back level.  The kitchen table chair and a book proved sufficient.


With the warp now removed I glued and clamped the length of hardwood on the inside of the join between the straightened base and side of the cabinet.


It will stay this way for 48 hours and then {hopefully} the timber base will be straight.  The cabinet door panel and front to one of the drawers also need replacing.  but I need to find a timber supplier before undertaking that task.

Meanwhile, we are getting as steady stream of vehicles passing our letterbox.  The local council is having it’s bi-annual kerbside hard rubbish collection next week and our neighbours have been placing their old TV’s, fridges, washing machines, unwanted furniture, bikes, etc etc out on the kerb for collection.  All of this encourages the ‘scabs’ to cruise the neighbourhood where they rummage through the “rubbish” looking for “treasure”.  I usually doesn’t worry me but many of them do tend to leave the rubbish scattered when they depart. Sad smile


Jennie said...

Does the council hard rubbish collection deter fly tipping, Tom? I enquired here recently about getting a fridge/freezer removed by the council and the cost would have been £32.50. The supplier of the new fridge/freezer charged £19.99, so they got our business. This does not excuse fly tipping, but you can see why some folks do it. Jennie

Tom and Jan said...

Hi Jennie, I suspect it reduces the amount of fly tipping but there will always be those who transgress. I also assume the council contractor makes some money from the recycling of the hard rubbish (ie, copper, brass, etc) which is why council forbids scabbing.