Repairing stair tread with dowels

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  1. Dauph

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    Hi,
    I have to repair a stair tread that has split along the front edge.
    I'm thinking of putting glue in the split, then putting a couple of screws in to close the split. Then using five dowels to reinforce the join. Finally removing the screws and filling the holes.
    The split is about 3 cm from the front of the tread, so I figure I'm going to need 6 cm dowels.
    I've never made a dowel joint so was wondering how tight a fit they are, and whether I'm going to have a problem inserting the dowels? What would be the best glue to use?
    Does this sound like a sensible solution? Any recommendations/advice would be much appreciated.

    Cheers,
    Dauph
     
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    Glue and screw. Dowelling unlikely to improve it.
     
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    Wood glue is extremely strong so I would expect dowelling to work fine. I suggest Gorilla glue. (but you might as well leave the screws in anyway, and fill over the heads)
    Why would you have trouble inserting a dowel? Drill hole, insert dowel! it should be 'gently tight'.
     
  5. Dauph

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    Thanks for the replies.
    I was worried that if I just used screws and the filled over the heads, the filling would drop out sooner or later, as it's a high traffic area? The stairs are bare wood, not carpeted so there is an aesthetic element here as well.
    I figured I would leave a bit of dowel protruding and then file/sand it down to match the profile of the tread's front edge.
     
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    you do the same to cover the screw heads , you need a plug cutter and countersink where the screw are going same size or fractionally smaller than the plug.
    litl
     
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