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Forum topic by pjones46 posted 11-12-2015 04:14 PM 583 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2015 04:14 PM

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A friend sent me this photo of a chair back and asked me how to repair it?

For simplicity, my first thought was to glue it back together and clamp it until cured as it would appear that it may have enough surface area to handle the bond stress to peal it apart.

Another alternative would be replace the whole length of dowel which may or may not be a complex operation as I have not seen the chair back up close, but, from the picture does not look that complex.

Any of you fellow LJ’s have alternative suggestions?

Thanks for looking.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#1 posted 11-12-2015 04:43 PM

I agree with the glue and clamp procedure. Looks like enough surface area.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 11-12-2015 05:04 PM

Thanks Tyvekboy. The first thought may sometimes be the best.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#3 posted 11-12-2015 07:24 PM

+1 Above. Maybe use a tape instead of clamps. It will take longer to bond but you will have a more even pressure on the glued area.


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#4 posted 11-12-2015 09:54 PM

Thanks Mahdee.

I was thinking of drilling a hole about the size of the spindle in a short lenth of square stock then cutting it in half, sand down the faces of the two halves so that I apply the clamp/s it would put equal pressure along the the spingle length and the half round slot would keep the alignment of the pressure. With your idea maybe wrap it with ploy tape and then apply the blocks and pressure. Thanks for your comments and idea.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#5 posted 11-12-2015 11:06 PM

Yup, I would say you got yourself a broken flex rod. Gunna be in the shop an bit and might have to order that part from Germany, takes about two weeks… spit. Wipe nose with red handkerchief and push back into the oil stained coveralls.
O.K. maybe it’s not that bad. It looks like you should have enough surface area on the dowel to get a good bond. A trick is to wax the area around the break before you glue it back together, this will help keep glue from pulling the milk paint off when you clean up after it has dried. Clamp it in place and hope for the best. You can use acrylic paint to hide the break after it is glued up if you can match the color well. Sometimes it will just disappear and you would never know you had a break. If it is not going to work that way you will have to bore out the dowel and run a new one through, thankfully it is not a tapered dowel and you could run it through the bottom if you need to.
Hope for a good glue up. All the best.

-- Brian Noel

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#6 posted 11-13-2015 01:43 AM


Thanks for the tip about the wax…..will do.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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