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Forum topic by emtwoodworker posted 10-13-2009 05:52 AM 879 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2009 05:52 AM

A friend of mine asked me if I can fix a chair that has a broken back. I know the best thing would be to cut a new piece but I don’t have a scroll saw. Any suggestions on how to fix this. Thanks Photobucket

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#1 posted 10-13-2009 06:23 AM

This part of the chair is called a splat but I think your going to have to get your hands on a scroll saw to get a copy made.

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#2 posted 10-13-2009 07:34 AM

You don’t need a scroll saw to make a new one. You can do it with a jig saw. Just drill a hole for the blade. However, why can’t you just glue it back together? Is there pieces missing? The picture doesn’t get any larger, but from what I see it seems as though you can just glue and clamp it back together.

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#3 posted 10-13-2009 11:35 PM

First choice would be to make a new one. You could use a coping saw.

Second choice is a repair. I glue them back together, when dry…cut a groove (with a dremel) on the edge across the break just wide enough to fit a piece of 16d nail about 2” long. Fill with epoxy, touchup the repair. The nail will act as rebar to strenghten the break. This is how I repair them when the customer doesn’t want to make a new one.


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#4 posted 10-13-2009 11:53 PM

I’ve repaired those too with success. The trick is hiding the break line after the glue up.

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