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Forum topic by Fez posted 12-30-2013 04:04 PM 441 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-30-2013 04:04 PM

Hello, hoping I can get a little advice on how to best go about re-dowelling this lovely Scandinavian teak dining chair. I’m a good site carpenter but it’s a world away from fine joinery!

As you can see there is daylight between the two pieces that should be joined. Dowelling is not an issue as I’ve done a few of those when refurbishing cricket bats. What I am most in need of is a technique for getting the rest of the joints freed up so I can make the repair that is needed. It seems a bit drastic to saw though the rest of the joins. Will they tap out with a rawhide mallet or something? I can’t see a way of repairing this without breaking it a bit more :(

Hope to hear from y’all soon and hopefully I will be able to post some pictures of my repair up.



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#1 posted 12-30-2013 04:11 PM

You may find that heating them up a bit loosens the glue – try a hair drier. For the joint that is messed up, cut it and redrill it using a forstner bit. It looks they used one dowel, I would use two – or make a tenon to go into both sides. This will keep it from twisting in the future.

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#2 posted 12-30-2013 04:31 PM

I’d attach a spreader between the legs so constant (though not intense) pressure can be put on the joint. Then, as dbray suggested, shoot one end with a hair dryer. It could take some time for the glue to release, so be patient.

That will take care of one end of each stringer. Once one end is released, you’ll need to find another way to apply constant pressure to the other end – the spreader will no longer work.

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