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Furniture Repair: Fixing a Wobbly Chair

By Brett Freeman
Furniture Repair: Fixing a Wobbly Chair

Are you ready to scrap an entire set of kitchen chairs because one of them has gotten wobbly? Before you turn it into kindling, consider repairing the chair instead. With a few simple tools, some wood glue and a bit of patience, furniture repair can be a breeze.

Take it Apart

When repairing a wobbly chair, you first need to completely disassemble it. Use masking tape to mark each piece before you do so you don't go crazy when it's time to put it back together. If you also want an image to refer back to, take a picture of the chair with a digital camera.

Inspect the chair closely for screws or nails that may be holding the chair together and remove these first. Then use a deadblow hammer or rubber mallet to break the existing glue bonds and disassemble the chair.

Clean it Up

Once the chair is in pieces, use sandpaper or a rat-tail file to remover all of the old glue. When repairing wood furniture, it is important to get all of the glue off because your wood glue will only bond to wood, not to the old glue.

Put it Together

Now you're ready to reassemble. Begin by reattaching the chair legs to the seat. Use a light coating of wood glue in each joint, and work quickly to keep the glue from drying out. Use clamps to hold the joints together, and set it on a flat surface to make sure it is level. Allow the chair to dry for 24 hours.

Next glue the spindles and back to the chair. When the chair back is properly aligned, clamp it in place, and again allow it to dry for 24 hours. Replace the screws that you removed during disassembly and use wood filler to cover them up.

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