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Forum topic by AandCstyle posted 02-23-2017 03:16 PM 969 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2017 03:16 PM

A neighbor asked if I can repair a broken chair leg. The issue was exacerbated because he attempted to fix it by gluing and screwing it back together. He reported that his efforts lasted for 2 sittings.

Can this be safely repaired or should I make a new one?

My thought for the repair is to cut off the top part that is splintered, make a new matching block and, finally, epoxy a steel rod into the two pieces to hold them together. I would prefer to make a new one, but I don’t have a shaper and I don’t know if I would be able to make the profiles with router bits.

Any thoughts and suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

-- Art

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#1 posted 02-23-2017 03:27 PM

I’m no expert but due to the lack of tools id suggest you repair it as is Using the correct glue and removing the screws and replacing with some dowels would likely work.
Your suggestion of cutting off just the top and replacing it seems to me like it would just move the weak point to a different location
Once again I am no expert, maybe some of the guys that are will chime in.. If no one does in a day or two you might post your question of the furniture makers forum

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#2 posted 02-23-2017 03:41 PM

You’re probably right but I think epoxy is worth a try. Maybe a couple small pins.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#3 posted 02-23-2017 03:43 PM

Art. My take is that the repair failed because all of the weight of the chair leg is on the piece that is broken because but that is where the inserts are for the bolts to attach. My idea would to remove the inserts and place them in the solid back piece. Glue the broken piece back on and sand smooth and finish. Purchase a couple of longer bolts to reattach the leg to the chair. THe weight should now bare on the solid piece of the leg.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#4 posted 02-23-2017 04:17 PM

I would probably cut it off at an angle on
the band saw, plane the face flat, attach
a new block there and add little mouldings
if I felt like it to sort of match the look.

At this point it’s so messed up I wouldn’t
care about trying to make the repair parts
match perfectly.

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#5 posted 02-23-2017 09:49 PM

Thanks for the responses so far. Right now I am leaning toward Steve’s suggestion as my solution.

-- Art

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#6 posted 02-25-2017 12:11 AM

Here is the plan I have developed based on the above advice:

1. Cut off the jagged edge and fill the holes from the bolt inserts.
2. Make a patch to replace the cut off and the broken off piece and glue that in place.
3. Cut mortises through the corner block into the patch and make tightly fitting tenons.
4. Refinish the patch and adjoining surfaces as needed.
5. Glue the tenons in place and hope for the best. :)

Again, I appreciate the input.

-- Art

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