Well, I stepped in it again. I took on a non-remunerative commission (a favor) to repair a two seater patio rocking chair that the (client) said had sagged a bit in the corner of the seat. My first inspection looked like I could simply replace the round tenoned stretcher/seat support. Getting it back to the shop, I removed the seat slats and discovered a small bit of rot in the rear vertical stile which I probed and cleaned out.
The small bit of rot grew to 7 inches in length and the lower half of the rotted area spanned from paint to paint.
So much for the quick repair. Unless someone out there has a quick fix for this, I’m looking at replacing the vertical stile as well as the tenoned stretcher/support. I don’t have a large problem manufacturing the two pieces, but during the cleaning process, I noticed that the tenons on the rocker have been pinned with nails.
I’m not sure how to dis assemble the joints with these pins. Any suggestions?? The immediate suggestion that came to mind was to throw the rocker away and build another, but the client really likes her rocker and would like to save it.
Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.
-- Greg, No. Cal.