Restoration of a teak sofa – part 2: repair of a missing ledge begins

It seems that the same arm rest from my previous posting (Skin patching) was possessed by some sort of a woodworking demon, otherwise I can't explain why it suffered from so many inflictions. The one I am going to talk about here was a broken ledge, a decorated protruding boarder bead that broke off and had to be re-constructed. 

1. Notice the missing ledge (foreground) and a new teak blank (background). I glued this blank over the scar and later shaped it, transforming it into the new ledge. Before gluing the new blank over I planed the scar tissue flat, forming a chamfer of 45 degrease to the arm rest's corner.  

2. Gluing the new blank.

3. Planing the blank flush with the arm rest front.


4. Marking the ledge's side protrusion so it will be flush with the arm rest side.

5. Using a hand saw, I cut the blank to width. 

6. Marking the ledge thickness with a marking gauge.

7. Using a chisel I shaved of the ledge and narrowed it down to the marked line. 

8. Repeating this on the ledge's right side.

Next time I will show how I finished the restoration. 

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About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.