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Old 06-09-2010, 02:44 PM   #1
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Re-glued the legs and cross pieces on chair - problem


I've got a question. About a year ago, I repaired an old chair (family item going back perhaps 80 or 90 years). I've taken it apart and re-glued the legs and cross pieces, but didn't get a good connection all the way around. About half the joints are still holding pretty well but with normal use the poorly glued joints have worked loose. I've tried scraping the old glue away (even to the point of grooving into the wood under the glue surface so that I would hopefully get glue to penetrate into the wood for a better connection). But I'm wondering if you might have a suggestion before I retry the gluing again. I've concerned that I'll have the same problem again if a few months. PJ

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I've got a question. About a year ago, I repaired an old chair (family item going back perhaps 80 or 90 years). I've taken it apart and re-glued the legs and cross pieces, but didn't get a good connection all the way around. About half the joints are still holding pretty well but with normal use the poorly glued joints have worked loose. I've tried scraping the old glue away (even to the point of grooving into the wood under the glue surface so that I would hopefully get glue to penetrate into the wood for a better connection). But I'm wondering if you might have a suggestion before I retry the gluing again. I've concerned that I'll have the same problem again if a few months. PJ
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IMO: Glue is not what hold the joints together with chair frames, legs, and runners. Pressure between the mating pieces holds the wood together, glue helps to keep it there. The mating parts have to fit tight, very tight, to hold up well over time. One trick I was taught by on older man who restores furniture is to slit/split with a hand saw the end of the piece that will fit into it's mating piece back a little less than the distance of the depth it fits in. Then cut a tapered, thin, shim to fit into this slit. Trial and error teaches here. Theoretically, as you tap the piece into the mating piece, the shim is forced into the slit which spreads out the slit piece making a very tight joint. You should not be able to pull this joint apart when it is tapped in correctly. When you are ready to mate these pieces together for final time, glue the shim in, and add glue to the joint. I've used this and it works. David
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