Thursday, March 08, 2007

Repairing a Wobbly Chair

Sometimes at a flea market or auction we will find the perfect wooden chair but it will have one or two loose legs or rungs. Its really just perfect for what you want but you dont want to put in the corner to just hold a plant you want to be able to use it and its at a great price just to good to pass up.

This is really an easy repair and you wont have to resort to clamps or ugly nails sticking in at odd angles. You can even repair it without taking it apart.

You will need two things. One super glue type glue - a glue that will wick well – by this I mean that it will soak down in between two pieces of wood that are close together. The other thing you will need is some fine sawdust .

Turn your chair so that gravity helps you work the sawdust into the space between the two pieces of wood. Note here that you are leaving the dowel in the hole in the other part of the chair. Keep working it in until there is no more motion or give between the two pieces, brush off any access around the hole.

Release drops of glue into the sawdust and let it soak it, the gravity will help so dont tip your chair back upright. It will usually take 3-4 drops unless the space was large. Normally, 3-4 drops are enough unless there is a very large space to fill. Let dry for 24 hours.

There you go – no more wobbly chair !

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