Wooden Chair Repair


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Old 01-29-20, 06:30 AM
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Wooden Chair Repair

Advice with attaching the arm to this dining room chair would be much appreciated. As you might be able to see from the photos, prior attempts with wood glue and new screws didn't work. Should I try dowels with wood glue? I do have a clamp now which I didn't have before. Thanks!
 
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Old 01-29-20, 06:45 AM
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Yes, I would try the wood dowels. Try to get the type that have serrated edges and use a high quality wood glue.
How did it break? Was is loose and are other arms loose also? If so you need to add moisture to your winter weather air.
 
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Yes they've been loose for years. I repair them with a screw and then it's okay for a few weeks and then it's not again.
 
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[QUOTEI] repair them with a screw[/QUOTE]

Where did you use the screw at, not seeing any holes on the outside of the arm?
 
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Old 01-29-20, 07:54 AM
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This is not unusual. The dry home atmosphere will shrink the wood and dry out glue. Adding a winter humidifier should alleviate much of this. I'm betting in summer it's not as bad. I'm surprised that the screws are loosening. If the screws are not going into a virgin hole and you're using the existing hole then yes they are not gripping correctly. You can try shoving shims (such as match sticks or tooth picks) into the whole, then use a screw.
Show me how you are screwing them together.
 
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Here is a photo showing the arm attached to the chair. The screw goes from the inside of the chair out to the arm.
 
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The screws are stripping the hole. A larger (thicker) screw might work but could also split the wood. A dowel glued into the hole and then a pilot hole drilled for the screw would work but the problem may recur. A furniture nut connector that screws into the wood of the arm and then uses a bolt to fasten the pieces would probably be best.

Furniture insert nut connector

Some come with a slot that can be screwed in with a wide flat screwdriver.
 
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If you use the nut connector as described by 2john, I found they work best if epoxied into the hole.
 
 

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