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Forum topic by BigJohn posted 11-28-2016 04:55 PM 478 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2016 04:55 PM

Hello. I am new to turning and had a friend bring a crappy old chair for me to fix. I explained that those are meant to be thrown away when they break, but it is the only one broken in the set, so he wants me to fix it. My question is there any way to fix this without turning a new leg? He said he did not care how it looked as long as it is sturdy.


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#1 posted 11-28-2016 05:15 PM

You could:

1) Cut the leg off at the small bead and true up the end of the leg.

2) Drill a 1/2” in diameter hole about 2” deep in the end of the leg.

3) Mount a block of hardwood on your lathe, true up the end, and drill a 1/2” hole about 2” deep in it.

4) Glue a 1/2” hardwood dowel about 3-3/4” long into the leg and into the block of hardwood. Clamp the glue-up to get as tight of a joint as possible.

5) Mount the glued-up leg on your lathe and turn the hardwood block to replace the broken part.

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#2 posted 11-30-2016 11:01 PM

You sir are a genius. Thanks a lot. I will do that.

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