I have several loose spindles on my oak kitchen chairs and want to fix
them. I know the ultimate fix would be to pin each of these with a
dowel. Does the "spindle tightening glue" work or is it just a temp fix
to the problem?
> I have several loose spindles on my oak kitchen chairs and want to fix
> them. I know the ultimate fix would be to pin each of these with a
> dowel. Does the "spindle tightening glue" work or is it just a
> to the problem?
Am not familiar with the product; however, from your description, it
has all the markings of something a snake oil salesman would try to sell.
The only gap filling adhesive I'm aware of that also provides gap
strength would be epoxy.
Don't think it would be a good fit for oak.
Clarification --- Do you mean stretchers? If so, try to disassemble
the undercarriage and reglue and clamp the parts. There is a solution
available that will swell the wood, but I find that re-gluing will
What are they made of? How old, and how well made? When you say "oak",
did that grow on an oak tree, or is it modern painted-up jummywood?
If it's 40-50+ years old, real oak, with decent construction and
suffering from honest wear by racking a joint, then the "Chair Doctor"
glue is good and works well. Note that it only works on loose tenons
though, not worn-out or broken ones. It swells wood, it doesn't gap
If it's jummywood, then the wood itself is too soft to form a firm joint
by swelling a tenon. It'll swell and fit in the workshop, but a week
later it's loose again.
The only adhesive I know that will gap-fill on a chair tenon is an epoxy
with a suitable filler. It's a hard-working joint - lesser adhesives,
like PU, just won't last.
Whatever you do, don't use a foxed wedge tenon to repair it. You can't
dismantle these without breaking things in the future. As a good chair
should outlast several repairs, this isn't a good thing.
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