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ldl

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933 days ago

This is one of my dining room table chairs that has a brace that has come loose. What glue and technique would be the best to make this repair? I have never tried to repair any furniture but I won’t learn any younger.

I also have a chair that has a broken brace on one side. I know I will have to drill out the broken piece and remove the brace from the other side and I will have to turn another brace but which ever way I repair the table chair I can use on the other.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -


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bandit571

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#1 posted 933 days ago

Happened to me also. I just turned a new one, with new tenons. A bit of glue in the re-drilled holes, and a nail. Nail was driven from underneath the spindle into the chair’s leg (@ a 45 degree angle).

I would re-drill the old tenon’s hole, and size a new tenon to match.

That is the new tenon in place.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Dallas

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#2 posted 933 days ago

Personally, for a quick and easy fix I would shovel a layer of thick bondo or epoxy in the hole, (mixed with sawdust), then wrap the stretcher with saran wrap and stuff it in the hole, removing it quickly. Let the bondo/epoxy cure, then stuff and glue the stretcher back in the hole with Gorilla expanding foam glue.
I will bet dollars to donuts that the stretcher will never move again.

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Bill White

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#3 posted 933 days ago

Repair on the loose brace />Is the tenon loose in the mortice/hole? If so, how about a little glue after putting a blind wedge in the end of the tenon. Fit the wedge proud and snug but not enough to expand the slotted end of the tenon. Some glue on the tenon and in the socket. Then when all is ready, drive the brace into the socket to expand the slotted tenon. It’ll lock it in place. Allow the glue to cure. You’re done. Don’t screw up ‘cause ya ain’t gettin’ the brace out of the hole.
Bill

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zwwizard

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#4 posted 933 days ago

Please no nails. The next time, if has to be fixed, You have to tear up the wood to get the nail out. I run into this all the time in repairing chairs.

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TCCcabinetmaker

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#5 posted 933 days ago

Try wood swell, it that won’t work, use regular wood glue and clamp it together. This way you won’t have to completely strip the chair and refinish it like the method above would cause you to do.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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bandit571

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#6 posted 933 days ago

As for the nail. I was just replacing what was there. All the nail is there for, is to keep the spindle from turning, due to foot on it. As I was removing the old tenon, I did find a nail. Pulled the old nail out, and finished drilling the “new” hole. A look at the “old” spindle:

That old piece of Oak beside it, was where a new spindle came from:

Since both tenons had broken off the old spindle (BEFORE I got the chair) I was free to size new ones. I also pre-drilled the new holes, and then sized the new tenons, using an open-end wrench as a size guide. It also took about two tries to get the colour to match.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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ldl

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#7 posted 933 days ago

Maybe I mixed things up by mentioning the other chair with broken brace.

The chair pictured doesn’t have the tenon broke it has just loosened up and I had to force it to get it that far out. I hope not to have to remove the brace on this chair as the other end is tight in the other leg. The rest of the chair is good and tight just this one legis loose. I saw somewhere else of a glue that was reported would take up the space and also hold good but can’t find my reference as to the kind or brand name.

With this new info would there be a diff or better way you would offer?

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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bandit571

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#8 posted 933 days ago

A foaming, colour-matching wood glue. Small putty knife to apply/ pack into the worn out hole. The stuff must remain a bit flexiable, too. And, yes, one nail, driven through the tenon into the leg. This is to “lock” the spindle in place so that it will no longer turn. Use a nail set to bury the nail’s head. A “ring shank’ style would do nicely. The nail I removed from that chair i fixed, was just a plain old finish nail. Nail was done AT the factory…..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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ldl

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#9 posted 932 days ago

Would you suggest a brand name. I have only used the yellow wood glue in my werk. I have been out of woodwerking for several years and am not familiar with some of the newer glues. Gorilla glue is about the only other glue I am familiar with. Kinda dumb when it comes to glues (among other things).

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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chrisstef

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#10 posted 932 days ago

Id suggest Hide glue … titebond makes one in a brown bottle. No clamping required.

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ldl

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#11 posted 932 days ago

Hide glue may be what I had the reference but can’t rem right now as it’s been a while since I saw it.

Thanks.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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