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?