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02-05-2015 01:48 AM

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This chair has one spindle out of place. I have tried to spring it back in place with no success. Can you suggest a solution?

-- socrbent Ohio


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#1 posted 02-05-2015 02:17 AM

Even if you can spring the spindle into place, will it pop in to its hole? Or has it broke off?

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#2 posted 02-05-2015 02:20 AM

And what is the hole size?

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#3 posted 02-05-2015 02:36 AM

Hole is 3/8” diameter and depth is about the same. I believe there will be no problem getting it in hole if I can spring it enough to clear back of seat. Would moisture or heat or both affect flexibility of the spindle?

-- socrbent Ohio

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#4 posted 02-05-2015 02:48 AM

Maybe cut a mortise and slide the spindle in and

epoxy it in place.

A thin Japanese saw can cut a thin kerf then you can chisel out

the piece.

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#5 posted 02-05-2015 02:57 AM

One way to replace a spindle is to cut it on a taper,
put it in place and glue the taper back together.

In this case cutting the mortise as suggested would
work and it won’t be too much trouble to make
a patch.

You may be able to get away with making a form
and forcing the spindle to bend on the form with
clamps to get it a little shortened.

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#6 posted 02-05-2015 03:24 AM

waho609 and Loren – those creative suggestions, I might just use one. Since it had to bend to get out of place, the clamping form may be be my first choice to try and the mortise a fall back. I’m going to wait some time to see if any other LJ has suggestion.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#7 posted 02-05-2015 03:29 AM

Put a block in the middle on the inside get a straight board paralell with the spindle sandwiching the block on the inside and keep it up off the seat about 3/4”. clamp the board to the spindle at the ends it will bow. tighten the clamps just enough to get the piece in place. put in a little glue and let the pressure off the clamps. It’ll go.

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#8 posted 02-05-2015 03:31 AM

Does the spindle spin and if so will it go up any to help get it back in. May cause trouble with other spindles, but if you squeeze the curved piece together with a clamp it may raise up and make it easier to get back in. Once it’s in, drill a hole for a hand driven brad from the back to pin it in the hole.

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#9 posted 02-05-2015 03:32 AM

REO – any suggestions to keep clamps from slipping?

-- socrbent Ohio

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#10 posted 02-05-2015 03:34 AM

My solution to the stubborn spindle. Drill hole deeper in topside of chair spindle will travel up into hole dropping back down.Just finish fixing a rocking chair that nred a new spindle.Aj2

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#11 posted 02-05-2015 03:49 AM

Aj2 has a good idea. I would want to know how the spindle came out in the first place. If you can reverse that, it should go back in. And then you have to figure out a way so it doesn’t pop back out. I think it would be easier to put the spindle in the bottom hole first and then attempt to put the top in its hole. The legs provide support on the downward pressure.

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#12 posted 02-05-2015 03:59 AM

I was about to suggest the same thing as AJ2 did as I was reading through the threads.
Maybe a combination of deeper top hole and some bending over a form?
Might make a jig to bend using a couple of bolts or screws, one on each side to apply even draw pressure.

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#13 posted 02-05-2015 04:42 PM

Had this problem some years ago. I placed a thin board between back of the rest of the spindles and the front of the popped one, about mid point. I placed a board across the front of the spindles a little up from the bottom and drew the bottom of the spindle in line the hole with a clamp from spindle to front board( had to clamp the spindle tight to the clamp to keep it from slipping). After it was in line I put some glue in the hole and slowly cut the first thin board and it slid back down into the hole. Don’t know if this will work for you or not, hopefully it will.

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#14 posted 02-06-2015 01:32 AM


REO – any suggestions to keep clamps from slipping?

- socrbent

I would use ratchet straps to clamp it

Drilling the top hole deeper seems like the quickest and easiest fix if the back slat will slide up into the deeper hole far enough. (and it looks like it will from here)

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#15 posted 02-06-2015 02:30 AM

LumberJocks Rock! Thanks for all the wise advise. I’ll let you know the result. If the spindle can be freed from the top, drilling it deeper sounds like the easiest solution.

-- socrbent Ohio

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