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Forum topic by ric53 posted 11-26-2016 05:46 PM 304 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2016 05:46 PM

I have a problem with a dining room chair that I am regluing. The problem is that I can’t get the legs to stiffen up. I have used Chair Briwax in the past with good results and I was able to stiffen up the others in this set but I have one that won’t cooperate. This is the problem with mass produced furniture. The tolerances are to sloppy. My question is ” Has anybody else had to deal with this and do you have any suggestions for tightening these legs?” The Briwax has hardened so I can’t use it again as it would do no good.

-- Ric, Mazomanie


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#1 posted 11-26-2016 06:46 PM

I’ve not used the Briwax chairx so I don’t know how it really works but if the joint is really loose, I am skeptical that ” swelling it” , especially on mass produced chairs, will work. You may have to disassemble and get the old glue out/off before applying new glue. If it was glued with standard wood glue, new wood glue will not adhere to old glue. I’ve never used them but they make some mesh shims designed specifically for fixing loose chair rungs and possibly the legs themselves.. I have seen it at my local Home Depot. If you search for “Woodmate Mr Grip”, you should find them at Amazon at least. There is also another glue called Tite Chair that might be worth a look that gets good reviews on Amazon.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 11-27-2016 12:15 AM

I’d like to disassemble the chair but the company who made these chairs used nails through the legs into the seat and it is impossible to find the nail let alone pull it.

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#3 posted 11-27-2016 05:36 AM

Maybe the tite chair glue would be a better option. The reviews of it I read on Amazon make it sound almost like a super glue type glue. Another thing I would consider is some epoxy. You can buy a glue injector syringe and squirt the glue in to fill the gaps around the joints. Just make sure it doesn’t move around until after it sets and cures.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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