I Tried And Tried

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  1. Von Jones

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    My neighbor asked me if I wanted this cart because she had no use for it so I welcomed to take it home. Storage in our kitchen wasn't built for families today so I was pleased to have something to accommodate my need for it.

    The problem is trying to figure out how to keep this cart from leaning to one side. I used wood glue because the screws kept coming loose. That didn't work. Then I thought braces would help, not. At least not where I thought they should be anchored. My thoughts are to drill new holes, eh. Any suggestions?



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    Is it leaning because the screw holes are wallowed out, Von? I think you can use toothpicks and maybe a bit of wood glue to fill in the holes.
     
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    It looks very useful, Von.
     
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    True Value, Lowes, or pretty much any hardware or lumber place should have something that's described as liquid wood or something of the sort. It's something that could be used to fill the holes that are likely stripped out. After it dries, it forms something very much like wood, which could presumably be redrilled. If the problem is that the original screws were simply screwed into the wood, you might be able to drill all the way through and use a screw with a washer and nut on the inside part of the cart, where it isn't seen. In that way, you could tighten it as much as you needed to.
     
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    I tried the wood glue it worked for a minute then began leaning again after moving the cart around. I didn't think of using something like toothpicks.
     
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    It has been very useful relieving me from using a step ladder to get to the top shelf at ceiling height.
     
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    I believe I have some wood filler :D.
     
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    Put some Gorilla Glue on it. I guarantee it will work. :D
     
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    @Von Jones How did this project turn out? The problem I see is the design with no bracing to hold the legs from side movement. They should have been recessed into the frame and lower shelf. If you haven't fixed it yet or tossed it, I have two solutions that you can do. One pretty and more involved and one simple and crude.
     
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    It's still leaning.:oops: It's too good of a piece to toss out and very useful for storage in my kitchen.

    I'm open to suggestions.
     
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    @Von Jones I hope I am not being a pain. Here is my idea for a crude fix. Be sure to saw the boards SQUARE to fit very snug with cart laid down and legs straight. Put some Gorilla wood glue on the back of the boards and use about 3 screws on each board. You can countersink the screws and fill over them if you want a nice finish look. Then stain to match. I would suggest birch or alder as opposed to pine or such that might split easier. I love alder for repairs because it is easy to work, not prone to splitting, sands easily, and takes stain nicely. Do the boards both front and back and you should have a very sturdy cart. You might re-glue and screw any loose legs first.

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    Is this a solid wood cart??? Do you have wood chisels?
     
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    Here is the neatest method that requires removing all the legs, but square and mark them and then mark the notch in the shelf where the legs will fit in and then saw the vertical lines and then chisel along the horizontal lines. Do this on all the shelves and top support board, both back and front and then put wood glue in the shelf and top notches and put on legs and then screw on using wood screws. Do the same on the back and let set for recommended time and then wa la it is now strong and looks good. To simplify, all you are doing is just recessing the legs so the top support and shelves will keep the legs from moving. Now all you have holding the legs is screws.
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    Very solid wood. I have one wood chisel needed for another project.

    I was thinking of removing the screws from the wobbly legs and inserting wood dowels and drill new holes and replace the screws. Just haven't done it yet.
     
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    Just in case (maybe a future project) matches would be better than toothpicks which can be flimsy :)
     
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