Partially broken chair?


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This chair has gotten wobbly enought that I don't think it is safe to sit in, but I can't pull it apart to reglue it. I have put a fair amount of force, but it will not budge anymore than shown in the photo. I am afraid to force it, as I expect it will do some difficult to repair damage.
Any suggestions. Would working some glue in and clamping it do anything?
I assume it is held together by dowels, but do not actually know.
thanks
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Stick a fine wire into the open joint and see if you can feel round dowels or a square tenon.
If it's dowels, open the joint as far as you can and saw thru using a coping saw. Then drill out and install new dowels.
If it's a tenon and you have a metal detector, see if you can find any nails or brads. A strong magnet may work too. If no metal is found you may have a fox wedged tenon.
Art
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This chair has gotten wobbly enought that I don't think it is safe to sit in, but I can't pull it apart to reglue it. I have put a fair amount of force, but it will not budge anymore than shown in the photo. I am afraid to force it, as I expect it will do some difficult to repair damage.
Any suggestions. Would working some glue in and clamping it do anything?
I assume it is held together by dowels, but do not actually know.
thanks
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I would try to force it apart just so much that I could see how it is put together. Then drill a thin hole from the inside into the cavity, and press glue into it. Clamp and let dry.
Another way is to try to insert some HotStuff or something, maybe also through a thin hole from the inside of the chair.
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"toller" writes:

Fire up your plug cutter and cut some plugs to match the existing wood or OTOH, may them contrasting and do both sides.
Clamp chair parts together using a Spanish windlass made from 3/16" clothes line or equal.
Drill a hole with a forstner bit that equals the plug from the back side.
With the chair supported so that the hole(s) face up, pour in some epoxy thinned about 10% with denatured alcohol to the half full point and allow to cure for a couple of days.
Remove all clamps and plug hole(s), aligning grain with plugs using some TiteBond to seal.
Allow glue to set, the sand smooth.
The hinges of hell will rust shut before that joint fails.
HTH
Lew
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