Help with Rocking Chair

mcdaveJuly 24, 2008

I have a good quality wood rocking chair and the spindles on one arm have loosened. Not so loose that I can completely remove it to glue it. It is assembled using a wedge driven into the underside of the post, underneath the seat. Any ideas on how I can tighten this joint would be appreciated

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HandyMac

Rockler( and other woodworking supply companies---WoodCraft, for instance) sells a glue syringe---to inject glue in very small places---ideal for your situation.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2008 at 5:28PM
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bobismyuncle

Better than that is "Chair Doctor" glue. Woodcraft and Lee Valley both carry it. It's very thin and wicks into the joint, swells it up and glues it down. It is _not_ the same thing as Chair Loc. I use it whenever I can't get into a joint easily (for example some yahoo has filled it full of nails or staples.)

If that fails, I drill out the wedge, remove the spindle/arm, clean up the joint, reglue it, and put in a new wedge. This is much easier (and more common) for wedges on the bottom than on the top (for example holding legs on a Windsor chair with through tenons).

Here is a link that might be useful: chair doctor glue

    Bookmark   July 24, 2008 at 10:18PM
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