Filler for gaps in wood chairs

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Forum topic by Helga posted 03-19-2013 10:32 AM 940 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2013 10:32 AM

Doing some chair repairs… there is a gap between the seat and the vertical piece… leg and back attachment. I can leave the gap as the chair is very secure now, but I would like to fill in the gaps. They are an eighth of an inch or more.

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#1 posted 03-19-2013 01:10 PM

You have a couple of options. You can cover up the seat with a nice decorative seat cushion. Or you can go ahead and fill it in with wood filler. If you do , I recommend Timbermate.

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#2 posted 03-19-2013 03:35 PM

The repairs are for a customer not for myself. Thank you for suggesting Timbermate. I will try to find some.

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#3 posted 03-19-2013 03:46 PM

A pic would be helpful. It sounds like solid wood in there would be the best, given the gentle racking that eventually contributes to chair failure. Is it possible to superglue in a wedge with the grain going parallel to its neighbor?



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#4 posted 03-19-2013 03:57 PM

This method has worked for me in the past :
I scraped some of the same wood from an inconspicuous area,mixed it with white glue (drys clear),make it thick consistency of putty,fill the gaps with it,sand when dry completely.
I hope this helps.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 03-19-2013 09:38 PM

You can do similar to what distrbd suggested by using 5-minute epoxy. Dust from a sander is good to mix with the epoxy.

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