Re-glue chairs

Old 12-28-99, 07:23 PM
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My chairs are coming apart and I would like to know how to go about re-gluing them?
Old 12-29-99, 01:32 AM
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Your first attempt at re-gluing your chairs is your best shot at getting a permanent fix. The tricky part is getting the old glue off the parts that need to be re-glued. If you can dissassemble the joints completely, rough up the surfaces to be glued with some rough (60 grit or so) sandpaper or a wood rasp being careful not to scratch surfaces that will show after assembly. Use a good quality carpenter's wood glue like Titebond II or Elmer's carpenter's glue. Dry fit the parts so you are familiar with the best order of reassembly. Once you start glueing, you will need to work quickly and efficiently since the glue will start to set rather quickly. Practice putting the parts together and putting clamps in place so there will be pressure on all the glued joints. Quick Grip clamps work well in many applications, but some chair styles are clamped more easily with a strap type clamp. Work this out before gluing. Once you are ready, apply glue to both surfaces that glue together ie: the end of a rung as well as the inside of the hole it goes into. Use enough glue so some squeezes out as you put the parts together. When the parts are all glued and assembled, quickly put your clamps in place and set the chair on a flat surface so it doesn't dry with a "rock" in it. I like to use some dry sawdust to clean up the excess glue that squeezes out. I just take a small handfull of it and wipe around the joints where glue has squeezed out. Keep rubbing until it is all soaked up in the sawdust. This gluing process should take 5 minutes or so, which should leave the excess glue soft enough to clean up this way. Hope this gets you started... good luck!
Old 12-29-99, 10:17 AM
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One more thought on the assembly. I always label every part with a piece of masking tape showing me where the piece goes and its orientation (left,front, etc.) The various parts of a chair, such as the stretchers can look very similar, but they won't properly go back anywhere but where they came from...

George T.

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