repair 'reclaimed' bar stool?


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Old 03-16-06, 07:03 AM
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repair 'reclaimed' bar stool?

I have a bartstool that I would like to reupholster and and paint. It has a tubular steel (?) frame. In taking the back out of the frame I opened up a joint in the metal tubing and I need to repair it. I have a handheld propane torch (never used, a gift from my father-in-law) and vague memories of brazing in grade 7 too many decades ago. What do I need to do to 're-join' this tubing and get on with the reupholstering part?

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Old 03-16-06, 08:21 AM
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Hi there, welcome to the DIY forums

I'm not sure the propane will be enough to do what you want it too
But maybe we can find some better information about that in another sub-forum
I'm going to move this to metalworking
 
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Old 03-16-06, 08:38 AM
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just take it to a good welding shop and get them to TIG weld it for you. The TIG will produce a strong weld which will also have a very good appearance. A propane torch will never be hot enough to braze. let a welding shop do it for a couple of bucks and you'll never have to worry about it.
hope that helps.
 
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Old 03-16-06, 10:16 PM
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I agree with hiring it done. You only need it done right once...not like you are going into the business of making barstools.
 
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Old 03-18-06, 07:30 AM
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MAPP gas may get hot enough to braze.

The oxygen/propane setups sold at the big box stores certainly will.

If the joint isn't structural, a couple of MIG tacks from your friendly independent muffler shop might do the trick. The original weld/braze must not have been structural if it opened up while working on the barstool.

It is the age old dilemma of whether it is cheaper to fix it or toss it.
 
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Old 03-18-06, 09:04 AM
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When you consider the task at hand, a small 110-volt wire feed machine will make an adequate joint if you don't burn through the thin tubing too much. I have repaired several church chairs with square tubing frames that way.
 
 

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