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repair split rub rail

this is a side topic to my refinishing and re-installing toe and rub rail caps. Somewhere in the past (BM, Before Me) the port rub rail was split.



The metal cap, on this rail, confines the split from developing more separation. I would like to epoxy this back together, however I don't really want to open up the separation more than I have to.

Any suggestions on how to repair this?

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Screw and glue. Remove the screws and install bungs after the glue dries, if you want to get fancy.
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the problem is the split is not wide enough to get epoxy inside the split. I can just screw it together from the edge. If I drill a hole from the outside edge can I force epoxy into the hole and out thru the split? Just wondering if anyone has tried this.
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I would try and use a syringe to get some epoxy in there even if you open it up a tad, then use some bar clamps and let it sit for abit
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Looks like a scarf joint coming open, not a split. Ideally open it up some, inject epoxy, and clamp if possible. Doesn't have to be clamped too tight - epoxy doesn't like clamping too tight anyway.
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Brian,
I had not thought of that, I will check out the starboard side to see if I can locate a matching joint.

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I think Brian is right, the "split" doesn't seem to run with the grain of the wood.
Drilling holes from the outside edge like you suggest and then forcing epoxy in with a syringe while prying the joint open a bit should work.
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I spent the day getting practice with the epoxy (West systems G-Flex) I purchased for filling the screw holes on the rub and toe rails. I tried it unfilled for weting the holes and silica filled for filling them up. I will try this epoxy on this joint tomorrow (hopefully).

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Definetly a scarf joint. I ended up holding it open with a toothpick and using another one to work epoxy into the joint.
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