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Blog series by Lee Barker updated 12-16-2010 11:52 PM 2 parts 4063 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: Multiple office side chairs with inherent design flaws

12-15-2010 02:54 AM by Lee Barker | 5 comments »

It is unclear at this writing how many of these I will host, but there is a pile of them at the office, all out of commission. They were built by an unknown local cabinet shop. Almost all of them failed at the mortise and tenon joint at the front rail which supports the seat. The upholstery is in great shape, so the head guy at that office decided they were worth saving. The inherent design flaw is just that—there’s only that rail, no stretchers below. Nothing in th...

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Part 2: Finished: Epoxied joints cleaned up, new rail installed, delivered!

12-16-2010 11:52 PM by Lee Barker | 1 comment »

Client is pleased. The new stretcher is attached with three pocket screws per end. Each one was custom fit so it slid in without any undue stress on the old stretcher joint, all of which were reglued with epoxy. The screw pockets were daubed with stain. It is possible to note them from a certain angle, but you have to be short in the torso or slumped down in your chair in order to do that. All in all, a successful repair. One certain learning: in epoxying the M&T join...

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