|Project by sugarpine||posted 03-09-2016 11:10 PM||469 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
As is always when repairing chairs, the real trick is figuring out a way to make the repair without having to knock the chair apart. Why break a good glue joint and risk more damage to the chair?
The replacement splat was an easy 1/2 inch alder scroll saw project. I routed away some of the bottom stretcher, popped in the new splat and milled a filler piece to replace the routed away material.
The chair with the new leg needed three blind mortises, two where the side and rear aprons attach and one where the
bottom splat stretcher attaches to the leg. Rather than disassemble the chair, I sawed off a tenon on the left end of the rear apron and reattached it with two dowels drilled from the outside, through the leg and into the end of the apron. The crest rail attached with two screws from the back of the leg. The new stretcher was doweled in.
The ends of the rocking chair arms were missing pieces. Half circle maple blocks were glued on and shaped with cabinet maker’s rasps and sanded.
I’m blessed with access to a master stain and finish guy. He stain matches, hides the repairs and returns everything to like new condition.