Rocker - Seat Base Broke

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Old 09-17-12, 10:29 AM
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Rocker - Seat Base Broke

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I was taking apart my 60 odd year old Rocker to re-glue it. My deceased uncle had it too close to the fireplace and over the years it just wouldn't hold together.

any rate, as I was using the rubber mallet to get some of the rods out, the base cracked and split the length of the seat - not down a seam of one of the laminated boards - it made it's own.

To repair - in my head I'm thinking drill a couple holes for dowels - glue it together and clamp it.

any suggestions otherwise or pointers?

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Sounds like a reasonable plan to me.

Is the bottom of the seat flat? I would think screwing a metal plate across the bottom of this seam would help strengthen it as well.
 
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it does - that's a really good idea!

What would you suggest for dowels - wood or metal? how deep in do you think would be good to go?
 
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Wood dowels along with glue will make for a tighter fit. If it doesn't hurt the looks I'd drill all the way thru and use dowels slightly longer than needed. Sand off the excess when dry.
 
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i wouldn't mind the look but i do not have a drill bit that long - it'd need to be over a foot long.

even then i'm not sure if I'd trust I have a straight shot all the way through it.
 
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Sorry, I didn't read your 1st post well enough, I didn't realize it was the seat
You would just need to drill deep enough where the dowel can be glued to both sides of the crack.
 
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dowels are hard to line up I would use biskets, Easier to use and much easier to line up.
 
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Do not use dowels or biscuits. You do not need them. You will only make the repair more difficult. Just put glue along the break and clamp together. It will be stronger than the wood itself. The split wood should line up just perfectly with itself. If you have any tiny splinters in the way, just remove those. I've been down this road more than once and this is the way to go.
 
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thank you everyone, I really appreciate the tips.

any preference for glue in this instance?
 
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Elmer's Wood glue or Titebond Original. Any PVA based yellow wood glue will do. You can use Elmer's white or equivalent if that's all you have.
 
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Doesn't the Elmer's white soften back up if it gets wet?
 
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I use Titebond II inside, III for anything exposed to moisture - II would be my choice in this situation.
 
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thanks folks,

i'll let ya'll know how it came out.
 
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Doesn't the Elmer's white soften back up if it gets wet?
Is the rocking chair going to sit at the bottom of a pool?

Elmer's white glue and carpenters will soften up if soaked in water. The only varieties that don't are Titebond 2 and 3.

I prefer to use and recommend the original version when the piece being glued does not require water resistance. It cleans up much more easily and has less yellow dye in the glue. The dye makes the clean up a little more difficult and will make your hands tinge yellow.

I suggested using the white glue if you already had it on hand. If you are going to have to buy something, get a carpenter's glue.
 
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I was able to finally put it all back together.

used the Titebond 2 stuff - worked really really well.

the rocker's as tight as it's ever been. my sanding job leaves much to be desired - a project for a later time.

thank you all for your help!
 
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