Help with ladderback chairs !!!

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Forum topic by AustinP posted 03-12-2014 08:33 PM 972 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2014 08:33 PM

Hello to all, I am new here and am loving this site!! I have dabbled with making a few pieces of furniture for my wife and kids but I am still fairly “green” to woodworking, per se.
My question for you guys today is about my kitchen chairs. We got them used about 10 years ago and they were very sturdy back then but now they are literally about to fall apart. Every joint is loose and and I’m honestly scared to sit on them. My plan is to take each one apart and re-glue/clamp them, I am curious to see if there is any similar or better method. Thanks !!

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#1 posted 03-12-2014 09:26 PM

What you desrcibe is exactly what needs to happen.

I mark w/ masking tape so the same tenon goes in the same hole. All the old glue must be scraped out and off.

Band clamps are a must.

If there isn’t a good glue joint fit, you’ll need to either plug the holes and redrill smaller or use a gap filling adhesive like epoxy.

If you take your time and do it right, they’ll be good so long as they don’t get rocked back on. That’s what that joinery can’t really tolerate. Regular use, they’ve got a great life ahead.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 01:53 AM

You might be interested in this article by bob flexner.

I did fix 6 old chairs a few months ago and now they are very solid.
I used hide glue for the chairs (as a matter of fact I only use hide glue) I like the reversibility and the long open time. Awesome stuff (
Good luck for the chairs

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#3 posted 03-13-2014 02:13 AM

Lee, it sounds like a great idea to label the parts because I promise you I will get them mixed up. Thanks

Great read lepelerin. Looks like I’ll be ordering some hide glue. Thanks for the info.

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