The 'right fix' depends on _how_loose_ the joint is.
'Shimming' the joint to restore tightness is a time-honored way.
If a single piece of 'grocery store brown paper bag' (assuming you can still
_get_ those somewhere :), will tighten up the joint, then that's a reasonable
solution, with regular wood glue. If things are open _more_ than that, you'll
want something with expanding filler characteristics. micro-balloons ??
clean out and reglue the mortise and tenon joints. Some of the joints are
very loose would a wood epoxy be better than regular yellow wood glue.
1) Cut a piece of veneer the size of each loose tenon
2) Hammer it on a metal surface to compress it some
3) Put glue in the mortise and on both sides of the veneer
4) Place the veneer piece on the tenon and push it in
Yellow glue will work fine.
Is it possible for you to cut up the tennons and reasemble the joint
with a wedge to jamb up into the tennon when you glue it and assemble
it? Converting the joints to (blind) wedged tennons. Be careful as you
could crqadk the wood, so think about it.
Another way (assuming the seat) is to drill smaller pilot holes in the
bottom of the mortise holes and jamb up a dowel into the end of the
tennon where you pre-drilled a hole to recieve the dowel and also a cut
or two to allow the tennon to spread. Flush cut when dry.
I would not fill voids with epoxy but that is just me. I think they
would fatigue crack over time. If you add something, add wood. Don't
add metal unless the garage sale is tomorrow.
Robert Rushing wrote:
A wedged tenon would be my way of going about it, Eddie, but they require a
high degree of experience since you don't get a second chance. I made some
expensive firewood one time before I realized there was no going back. :-)
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