Help with a chair's broken spindle

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Forum topic by woodify posted 02-17-2014 03:25 AM 1075 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2014 03:25 AM

I have a chair with a broken spindle sitting in the garage collecting dust. When the spindle broke it splintered off a small piece which is now long gone. I tried gluing the spindle (when I had the small piece that had splintered) but it didn’t last long. After the last repair my preschooler noticed that the spindle was not aligned correctly (oops!) and tried to twist it back into place, lol…the glue didn’t hold.

What is the best type of glue to fix this and the best way to fill the small gap? I used yellow wood glue last time. I’m hoping I don’t need to spend the time to make a new spindle.

-- Woodify ~~

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#1 posted 02-17-2014 05:01 AM

Yellow glue doesn’t fill gaps too well, and when it’s used that way usually isn’t very strong. Your best bet would probably be two part epoxy. You may have to create a little bit of a dam with tape to contain it as it sets, then sand down any rough or irregular areas. The longer cure time the better it will creep into all the little gaps resulting in few voids. Stay away from the 5 minute stuff.

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#2 posted 02-17-2014 01:47 PM

I would also try drilling a hole or two for dowels. Now I understand that will be a issue on one end, perhaps, but a repaired a different chair problem using this method and it worked great.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#3 posted 02-17-2014 02:30 PM

The only fix that is going to last is to make a new spindle. The grain runs out on that spindle, that is why broke in the first place. If you fix it in one spot it will likely break in another.

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#4 posted 02-18-2014 01:10 AM

You could try drilling a hole into both of the pieces and adding a short section of steel rod. Then epoxy, sand, etc. FWIW

-- Art

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