I fixed my broken chair today... Plus made lots of sawdust!... and some new clamps!

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Forum topic by AngieO posted 05-26-2013 02:28 AM 1838 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-26-2013 02:28 AM

It was a very busy and productive day in the woodshop today. As you may know… I’m a mother of four wonderful… and busy children. They all had different things going on. It’s nice to be able to go out to the shop and work on something and be able to walk away… leaving everything where it is… and come back to it. Or just have the kids hang out and talk to me while I work.

Well… I have had this kitchen chair that’s been broken for over a year now. I didn’t want to throw it away so it’s been sitting in the laundry room collecting dust… and junk for quite a while. Today… I decided I was going to fix it. So I grabbed it an took it out to the shop.

The brace (don’t know the technical term) was broken (four kids… wonder how that happened). Here’s what it looked like.

It’s not a great pic. But you can maybe see that the brace is split and breaking off. You’d think it would be easy to remove. But there are bolts attaching it to the leg. Screws into the side supports and then it is also nailed into the side supports. And the screws were stripped. I finally got it off and still in good enough shape to take some measurements so that I can make a new piece.

Here’s the tricky part…. those bolts… THey require large holes. Well i don’t have a drill press. And I don’t have the right kind of bits for my drill….

SIDE NOTE>>>> what are those dang bits called???

... Anyhow… I don’t have those bits to for my hand drill to make those holes either. So… I improvised. I have some other bits… (which I used to know what they were called, but the name escapes me because I have no idea what the ones mentioned above are and i’m frustrated)... but I have some bits to pre drill the hole and to countersink the screw. So… I got the biggest ones of those out that I had and started drilling away. It took a little longer… but I was able to get the holes I needed. That bit was on fire when I tried to take it out.

Then… I had tried to use my Kreg pocket hole jig for the screws. But at the angle I had… I couldn’t get my drill in there to get the screws in. But I finally got them in. It’s strong as all the rest of the legs.

So.. now after over a year… my chair is finally fixed. Now I wont have to go buy a new set of chairs so that I can have all my chairs mataching :)

Then of course I started another project. A doll bunk bed for my stepdaughter. She picked the plans out. It was easier… and harder at the same time. I NEED MORE CLAMPS!!!

Here it is clamped up. I actually only have the hardboard to cut for the mattress to sit on and it’s done. I’ll be posting it in the projects gallery when I get it done.

Again… this is made from pallet wood. And those dang big bar clamps…. I love the price I got them for and that they are available for me to use… but they are just too heavy for a project like this. They are my least favorite to use. I posted this project on my facebook page. A lady friend that I have saw my post and asked my address. Her late husband had some long quick release clamps and the next thing I know she was at my house bringing me the clamps. Now I have two more longer clamps. WOOHOO!!!

It was very productive. And the only reason I’m not out there right now… is that I finally had to come in and do some laundry. LOL! Hope you all are having a great weekend! Thanks for letting me share! :)

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#1 posted 05-26-2013 02:50 AM

Good job Angie. It should hold fine. Have fun with the family the rest of the weekend.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-26-2013 03:05 AM

Good save Angie.

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#3 posted 05-26-2013 03:30 AM

Angie, grate repair! Now you know why we say…” One can never have to many glamps”!

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#4 posted 05-26-2013 03:40 AM

Great save and great Work on the Bunk bed!!!
Thanks for the pics and the story, I too do not have the tools and bits I need sometimes…
Keep up the great work!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 05-26-2013 04:57 AM

sometimes we win

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 05-26-2013 07:15 AM

Looks like a solid repair and should a long time. Were you thinking of Forstner bits?
Nice little bunk bed.
Always need more clamps.

Thank You for sharing and have a great memorial day.

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#7 posted 05-26-2013 10:45 AM

There ya go. Another project done and outta the way. Start small, and work your way up.
Keep the faith girl!

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#8 posted 05-26-2013 11:44 AM

Grey work! I especially like the back story about the clamps. Using them is a means of honoring the departed.

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#9 posted 05-26-2013 12:28 PM

Nice work.

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#10 posted 05-26-2013 12:43 PM

great repair and save on the chair.the bunk bed’s coming along nicely,and congrats on the new clamps…

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 05-26-2013 01:25 PM

Great job Angie Oh I found the plans on the web site you gave me thanks .

-- Todd

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#12 posted 05-26-2013 03:07 PM

I see in the bracket that the screw is not really set though it is tight. It happens also to me when using the screw priming drill bit. You need to make the bracket hole bigger so that screw will just slide n rotate freely on the bracket and tight to the base board. Angle joints slides, but it could be avoided by gluing first thn let dry… thereafter you can add reinforcement screw or nails. I really admire your style of learning woodwork. You put back the same way as you had found. You learn quick. Keep the habit going.
Have a niceday.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 05-26-2013 03:18 PM

Very nice repair Angie, can’t wait to see the bed complete.

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#14 posted 05-26-2013 04:32 PM

Its always twice as hard and takes twice as long to repair something as it takes to build new … Your finished repair looks spot on … The bolt you were refering to with wood threads on one end and machine threads on the other is called a ‘Hanger Bolt’. They have lots of uses, but mostly you see them holding chair and table legs on… (there will be a quize on friday)

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#15 posted 05-26-2013 04:41 PM

The ‘brace’ is commonly referred to as a ‘Corner block’ or glue block (if glued instead of screwed). Congrats on getting your chair fixed.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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