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While I have a pedestal system, there is an emergency back up tiller as well. After I took it out of the lazz i found it was becoming delaminated and weathered so decided to fix er up.

A few questions:
1. Is ye ole elmers wood glue ok, or should i use something else?

2. I found that the metal connecting deal is heavy so im thinking its nickel plated brass? what is the best way to clean this up w/o damaging it?

3. I was also thinking of drilling through it in a couple of places to add a couple of carrige bolts for added strength...yes/no?

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While I have a pedestal system, there is an emergency back up tiller as well. After I took it out of the lazz i found it was becoming delaminated and weathered so decided to fix er up.

A few questions:
1. Is ye ole elmers wood glue ok, or should i use something else?
Use epoxy... it is better than wood glue IMHO and more water impermeable, etc.

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2. I found that the metal connecting deal is heavy so im thinking its nickel plated brass? what is the best way to clean this up w/o damaging it?
Doubt it is brass if it is marine use gear...it is probably bronze... big difference. A good metal polish should clean it up. Miracle cloth works pretty well too..

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3. I was also thinking of drilling through it in a couple of places to add a couple of carrige bolts for added strength...yes/no?
Not a bad idea, but remember to epoxy coat the holes so that water can't get into the wood there.

In fact, I would highly recommend stripping the tiller down to bare wood, epoxying it back together and then coating it with CPES or some other penetrating epoxy to seal it...then re-varnishing it... to protect the epoxy from UV. Then put the hardware back on.
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