How to Secure a Loose Wooden Stool Leg

If you have a wooden stool that you use a lot and the leg is loose, you will want to repair it, or you will run the risk of an injury to yourself or your family if it breaks. In addition, if the leg breaks due to being loose, it may be impossible to fix, and the stool may need to be thrown away.

Items You Will Need:

  • Carpenter's glue
  • Toothpicks or wood slivers
  • Utility knife

Step 1--Determine Why It's Loose

Turn the stool upside down and wiggle all the legs. If more than one is loose, you may as well fix them all while you're working. Check for split wood or broken wood. It may be that the leg has just come unscrewed a bit and tightening it will fix the problem.

Step 2--Fix the Leg

If the leg is the screw on type, unscrew it, put some carpenter's glue on the threads and screw it in tightly. Allow it to dry, and this should solve the problem. Repeat this with the other legs on the stool as a precaution.

If the leg moves around in the opening, then you need to fill in the gaps. Determine the proper angle of the stool leg. Squirt a bit of wood glue into the opening and stick in a toothpick or wood sliver. Continue to do this until there is a very tight fit and allow it to dry. Use the utility knife to cut away excess wood protruding from the hole.