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Fixing Things #2: Somone Asked Me To Do Something!

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 10-08-2016 07:51 AM 1377 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Behold! I was actually asked, by a neighbor, to do something.
“Hey, Mark.”
“Yeah, Mark.” (This neighbor’s name is Mark. There are four on my street. The fifth moved away recently.)
“We have a broken dining chair that I wonder if you could fix for us.”
“Bring it over and let me take a look at it,” said I.
After about fifteen minutes, Mark and two of his boys brought the chair over.

“My brother-in-law, Marco, (one of the four) fixed this once.”
“I see he really likes Gorilla Glue,” I noted.

“Yeah.”
“Will you leave it here til I can concentrate on it?”
“Sure. Take as long as you need.”

About eight hours later, on my way home from schlepping people about, I did some concentrating on it.

So, I had it done before I went to bed.

You can see, here, that, last time it was broken, it was left fairly cracked. I didn’t bother with that. If he ever asks me to refinish the set, it’ll wind up looking a lot better. (I hope he doesn’t ask me to refinish the set – refinishing jobs take way too much out of me.)

I didn’t photograph it reassembled, beyond the off-color #7 above. I’m guessing most of you know what a fixed chair looks like.

-- Mark



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robscastle

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#1 posted 10-08-2016 08:50 AM

I was out walking one day when I heard from behind a fence…. Mark Mark!
I didnt take too much notice the first time then I heard it again ….Mark Mark!
Curiosity get the better of me and I looked over the fence, and I saw a dog with a hair lip!!

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 10-08-2016 10:34 AM

Good fix, Mark. I hate it when someome brings over a piece that has been glued with that glue, too. What a mess it makes.
That was a tough joint you had there, Lots of outward pressure can be applied on that arm.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 10-08-2016 12:23 PM

How did you remove the gorilla glue?

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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bushmaster

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#4 posted 10-08-2016 01:35 PM

You mean the Gorillia ad’s on TV are not true. Great job fixing it the proper way.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 10-08-2016 01:48 PM



I was out walking one day when I heard from behind a fence…. Mark Mark!
I didnt take too much notice the first time then I heard it again ….Mark Mark!
Curiosity get the better of me and I looked over the fence, and I saw a dog with a hair lip!!

- robscastle

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-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 10-08-2016 02:42 PM

Chair repair can be tough,many times it’s a poor design,joinery or type of wood used or all of the above,take all those into account and the abuse they get means repairs usually are not a long term fix unless you’re remaking the broken part all over,and then still if any of the three things I mentioned are the problem it’s a crap shoot. Your a good and brave neighbor Mark.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 10-08-2016 04:04 PM

Mark,

Easy name to remember on your block. LOL! Good to see you posting. It took me more time to tear down, clean up and refinish a chair than it would have taken to build it new , Did you do any doweling?

Good job sir!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 10-08-2016 04:31 PM

Looks good, Mark. I don’t think I’d want to tackle the refinishing job, either.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Mark Wilson

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#9 posted 10-08-2016 07:41 PM



How did you remove the gorilla glue?

- Combo Prof

I just scraped it down to the bare naked wood.

-- Mark

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Mark Wilson

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#10 posted 10-08-2016 07:44 PM



Mark,

Easy name to remember on your block. LOL! Good to see you posting. It took me more time to tear down, clean up and refinish a chair than it would have taken to build it new , Did you do any doweling?

Good job sir!

- DocSavage45

This, Tom, is a fancy looking chair. It’s held together with screws. And now, one arm is held together with Hide Glue and screws.

-- Mark

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Boxguy

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#11 posted 10-09-2016 08:55 AM

Mark, nice work. A flawed design takes patience and a realization that you cannot really make it any better than when it was new. I too hate Gorilla Glue. It is a catchy name and they do great commercials, but it makes a mess. Keep fixing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 10-09-2016 01:23 PM

Polyurethane glue has been around for a long time before Gorilla glue originally called franklin Polyurethane glue it is made by Titebond ,Gorilla glue was just smart enough to advertise as if it was something new.
I use PVA and for certain applications Polyurethane glue,I think people try and use Polyurethane glue like PVA but you actually get less mess and better adhesion if you use a very thin coating of Polyurethane glue and lightly moisten the adjoining piece .Another advantage of Polyurethane glue is it’s waterproof and will cure in colder temperatures than PVA.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Mark Wilson

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#13 posted 10-10-2016 10:19 PM

This one’s arms were loose, but not broken. I simply took the arms off, hide glued them, and screwed them back on. Thanks to the Pena family for not farming this out to some filthy stranger.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 10-11-2016 02:43 AM

Sounds like everybody knows “Mr Fix it” in your street Mark, that’s a real Good neighbour deed for the day for sure, nice job
cheers
pete

Hey, that’s a very nice chair BTW :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Mark Wilson

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#15 posted 10-11-2016 06:17 AM

Drag a twenty down the street past my door, and I’m likely to come out.

-- Mark

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