REPAIRING A WOOD CHAIR

Wooden chairs are furniture we use every day. Over time, a chair starts to wobble due to movement of its joints. When a chair wobbles, it is time to repair it! First, you will need these tools and materials:

  • Glue (white or yellow glue. Titebond brand is a good adhesive)
  • Brush (1″ China brisle brush is economical enough to throw out when you finish)
  • Clamps ( you will need between 4 and 8 bar steel clamps with wooden handles and cast heads with a capacity of 30″ and a throat depth of 3″)
  • Cloth ( 1 cotton cloth damp with water will remove the excess glue dripping from the joint under pressure)
  • Masking tape and felt tip marker
  • A very sharp chisel

To properly repair a wooden chair, you need to pay attention to each chair component.

  • Disassemble all the loose joints with a rubber hammer DELICATELY without breaking any pieces.
  • Number all the parts with masking tape, so you know how to put the chair together.
  • Use a very sharp chisel to remove the old glue on the joints. The wood needs to be very clean to get a good bond.
  • Try a dry fitting, using all the clamps necessary to tighten the chair. Use protective pads on your clamps to protect the workpiece.
  • If everything looks good, apply white or yellow glue to all the joints with a small brush and tighten the chair with the clamps.
  • Wipe off the glue dripping from the joints with a damp cloth.
  • Leave the chair for 24 hours under pressure.
  • The next day, remove the clamps and touch up the finish if necessary

Your chair will be strong for many years to come…

This article was written by Philippe Maleszewski, owner of Swiss Woodwork, inc in Pompano Beach and published by Ezine articles in 2011

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