How to Repair the Loose Arm of an Antique Chair How to Repair the Loose Arm of an Antique Chair

What You'll Need
Wood strips
Hammer
Knife
Wood glue

If you have an antique chair that you are very fond of, you may be distressed to find that it has developed a loose arm. The joints of antique chairs can develop looseness over the years, and you should check them regularly in order to fix the problem quickly. However, fixing your antique chair is easily done.

Step 1 - Prepare the Wood Strip

Take a piece of wood which is thin and long, and cut it into several pieces. The wood strip should resemble the old lolly-pop sticks which were sometimes used by carpenters to repair chairs. Use a knife to cut this wooden strip into 3 or 4 pieces, and then hammer down one side of the strip using a hammer or heavy mallet. You will only need one of these strips for the repair, but you can use the others later.

Step 2 - Repair the Chair

Take your strip, and place a little amount of wood glue onto the flat end. Use your hammer to tap the strip into the loose arm of your antique chair. Tap it until it is completely in, and then leave it to dry.

Step 3 - Finishing Up

After an hour, return, and cut the wood strip until it is flush with the rest of the chair.

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