repaired broken leg on child's wicker rocker

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Project by JoeCool posted 06-26-2011 02:09 AM 6348 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This child’s wicker rocker has sat in my garage for several years because my wife wanted me to repair it. The leg was broken off a couple of inches above the runner. I did not know how to fix it. Of course I never asked anyone how to fix it either. I almost threw it away many times. But, I am married and not a complete idiot so I never did.

I have never repaired any furniture. However, this father’s day I repaired an antique coffee table my of my dad’s, it had a broken dowel and it have come unglued. I took it home, drilled out the broken dowel inserted the new one and glued it up. I was proud. Then a few days later I repaired a wooden chair from my office that had come unglued. It felt good. My partner was going to throw it away and I stopped him. I said “I think I can fixed it.”

Anyway getting back to this rocker. My wife is in Florida with our 7 year old so I set myself a goal of repairing the rocker before she returns tonight. The Leg is about 3/4 inch thick. So I thought I should cut it off square and drill a hole to insert a 3/8 inch dowel. I did and let about 4 inches of the 3/8 inch dowel extend out towards the bottom or towards the runner. Then I got a 3/4 inch dowel and drilled a 3/8 inch hole into it and inserted the 3/8 inch dowel into the 3/4 inch dowel. Of course I glued both ends. I measured long and cut the new longer 3/4 inch leg extension off so that the runner could be attached. Good thing I measured long because it turned out to be the correct length. I glued the runner on. Well now it is functional. I know I can paint it white to match the old rocker, but I am not sure about adding new wicker.

I hope you liked my story and my project.

-- Joe Cool

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#1 posted 06-26-2011 04:20 AM

I tried repairing one once, but it was too far gone…
Good thinking, using a dowel inside the leg…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 06-26-2011 09:47 PM

Hey, looks like you did a good job Joe Cool. The main thing I have found in doing these kinds of repairs is to go first for strength. You can buy wicker repair materials easily. Just do a Google search. It looks like all you need is a little to wrap the repair in and some white paint and it will not be noticeable…...unless you point it out.

I wonder why Snoopy never got an Oscar for that part? (Joe Cool)

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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