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Repairing a Spindle Back Chair Instructions

  • Reparing Spindle Back Chair

    Over time, normal use of a spindle-back chair can strain the chair’s joints and parts causing them to loosen or break. If these problems are not addressed quickly, they can turn into bigger problems. Individual loose joints and minor splits in the wooden parts can be easily fixed. However, you may need to completely disassemble a chair and rebuild it if most of the joints on the chair are loose. And even then, you should not disassemble joints that still in good shape.

  • Overview

    The most common repairs to a spindle-back chair include fixing a split rung, or fixing a slit in the seat of the chair. Loose joints are important to repair as soon as they are discovered. If worse comes to worst, you may need to completely rebuild a chair.

  • Fix Split Rung

    To repair a split rung on a chair, lay it on its side so you can easily work on the damaged area. Spread the split with a small piece of wood. Take a piece of dental floss and coat it with carpenter’s glue. Work the floss into the split, coating both surfaces of the split area. Take two blocks of wood and sandwich the split in between them.

    Using a c-clamp, squeeze the blocks together around the split area. Wipe off any glue that oozes out of the split. Make sure the finished surfaces are flush. Let the glue set for 24 hours and remove the clamp. Flake off any dried glue on the finished surface of the chair.

  • Fix Split Seat

    If the seat of the chair is split, gently pry the spit open and insert small wedges in the spit to hold it open. Using a small artist’s paintbrush, coat the two sides on the split. Remove the small wedges. Using bar clamps, squeeze the split closed. Use small blocks of wood to prevent the jaws of the clamp from marring the finished surface of the chair. Wipe off any glue that oozes out of the split. Let the glue set for 24 hours and remove the clamps. Flake off any dried glue on the finished surface of the chair.

  • Fix Loose Joints

    To repair loose joints, gently pull each joint apart so you can get a coat of glue inside. Using an artist’s paintbrush, push glue into the joint. Clamp the joint together using a tie-down strap. Wrap it around the legs of the chair to pull the rails together. If you are re-gluing spindle joints, wrap the strap around the back and seat of the chair to pull the pieces together.

  • Rebuilding a Chair

    If you need to completely rebuild a chair, start by labeling all the pieces -- spindles, rungs and legs can vary in length and should go back to their original places. Remove any fasteners, such as screws and brackets. Drill out any dowels that are holding joints together. Using a mallet and a block of wood, tap apart all the joints. Once the chair is apart, fix any split parts or damaged areas. To reassemble the chair, start by gluing together the legs and rails. Then glue and assemble the chair seat. Use a tie-down strap to squeeze the lower pieces together. Use a block of wood and a mallet to tap the seat into position. Finally, assemble the back of the chair by gluing together the side rails, top rail and spindles. Use a tie-down strap to pull the chair back into the chair seat. Use a bar clamp to pull together the side rails and top rail. Once all the glue has set, replace fasteners and dowels. Flake off any glue on the chair’s finished surface.

 

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