An alternative use of car inner tube

I’m restoring an old gate leg table I made from oak timbers salvaged from a church tower built in 1492. The timbers had to be replaced back in  about 1980 due to insect infestation. I’ll write later about the project as I get further into it but I wanted to show how I repaired a small piece that had split off that was to awkward to clamp with traditional tools.

I used car inner tube which was free from a local tyre repair centre which I cut into strips about 3/4″ wide. The beauty of using this is that it will follow the shape & you can pull it together so very tight, that the joint pulls easily together. The only disadvantage is that any glue that spills out would stain unsealed wood but as this leg already had a finished surface, the small amount of glue was easy to remove.


The pressure you can achieve with the inner tube is quite incredible & if you can, I would urge you to try it. The other thing is you wont mark your work.
Any way let me know what you think if you want to.

The inner tube holding the splinter in place with a small amount of glue seeping out. See how it forms to the shape of the timber. A clamp might have bruised the small piece but would also be difficult to hold in position. 


 I hope you can see the glue being  eased out by the pressure of the inner tube.


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