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#4565246 - 11/05/17 07:26 PM Woodworking advice - chair seat rail
Oro_O Offline


Registered: 09/20/14
Posts: 1352
Loc: Seattle-ish, WA
I am trying to figure out how to repair this chair. It's a pretty nice Shaker Workshops chair, so I don't want to toss it or butcher it.

The top right side rail is broken about 1/2 way along the length, as you can see. I am having no luck finding any online resource about the best way to do this. I have two thoughts on my own (I am not a woodworker):

1) Turn a new rail. Unstitch the seat tape, cut off the rail and drill out the dowel, replace. That also means somehow separating the lower rails to make room, so I don't think that sounds very easy.

2) Slide the tape a little bit (It has some play), inject wood glue. Clamp for a day. Then, put a metal brace with countersunk screw holes in it lengthwise under the rail, drill screw holes and secure it as a brace. I think this would be invisible and secure, and less cost and effort than 1).

Any ideas? Or places to get advice on this topic?



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#4565260 - 11/05/17 07:39 PM Re: Woodworking advice - chair seat rail [Re: Oro_O]
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Registered: 03/04/17
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Loc: Soviet State of Washington
I would lean towards a new rail or whatever it is called. There is no guarantee the other fix will work and thatís a splint job more or less.

Iíve heard of a store in Seattle called Rockler. They might be able to help you or know someone who can. They specialize in woodworking and exotic woods.

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#4565272 - 11/05/17 07:48 PM Re: Woodworking advice - chair seat rail [Re: Oro_O]
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Registered: 05/30/10
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Loc: North Carolina
I think you need to find a wood worker near you. It really needs a new piece turned. The Apron( not sure if thats right here since its round, spindle?) might could be cut , drilled and a steel rod inserted, but you would still need to replace the bad wood that was cut out. Easier to have someone turn a new one.

Call around , and take them the whole chair.
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#4565369 - 11/05/17 09:35 PM Re: Woodworking advice - chair seat rail [Re: Oro_O]
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Registered: 09/06/15
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Loc: Kalifornia Kollective
It depends on the glue used to assemble in the first place ... IF it can be softened (?), then the chair can be spread and a new rail installed. If it's polyurethane glue, all bets are off.

Where did you get it? Can you find the MFG? Can you get it Shaker shop? They might know how/who made it ... Maybe can repair smile
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#4565844 - 11/06/17 12:05 PM Re: Woodworking advice - chair seat rail [Re: Oro_O]
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Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 4609
Loc: Central Texas
First step is to remove enough seating material so you can have a good look at the fracture. Second, take another photo and post.
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#4573181 - 11/13/17 07:30 PM Re: Woodworking advice - chair seat rail [Re: Oro_O]
sleddriver Offline


Registered: 02/06/10
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Loc: Central Texas
So, what did you decide on?
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#4578263 - 11/18/17 06:56 PM Re: Woodworking advice - chair seat rail [Re: sleddriver]
sleddriver Offline


Registered: 02/06/10
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Loc: Central Texas
OP evidently bailed and never looked back.....
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