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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 03-29-2013 01:55 AM

I do a fair amount of this sort of thing and I’ve gone to epoxy as Nicky also suggests.

I use good stuff, not HF. Long cure. I tape off as much area as I can around the joint and make sure there is enough glue to fill the joint and squeeze out a bit. I clean up with Acetone.

Clamping requires attention and care. Too much uneven pressure (esp. with loosey goosey joints) and you can rack the thing silly. In any event, when you’re done gluing and curing, make sure the chair sits with all four feet flat. If you don’t do that, you’re just hastening the day when you’ll have to take it apart again.

Sometimes, when it is a round tenon, I’ll cut some notches in it to add a little mechanical bond.



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