If your chair has broken parts, you can learn how to repair it in a few easy steps. To do this, you should first understand how the weight of the chair is distributed. Knowing this information will make the process of chair repair a little easier. If you’ve broken a spindle, rung, slat, or rail, you can repair it yourself using the steps outlined below. Whether you’ve broken the rung or the rail, you’ll need a screwdriver and some wood glue.
Fixing a broken spindle
If you’ve broken a spindle on a chair, it may not be structurally important. If so, you can probably fix it yourself with a dowel and glue. Drill a hole through the chair’s seat and the broken spindle, and then fit the dowel to the broken part. Another option is to take it to a woodworker who has a lathe and duplicate the spindle.
You can use glue to patch the cracked spindle, or you can glue the piece back into place. When you’re done, make sure to match the finish. A damaged spindle will cause a lot of friction, and it can increase the risk of thermal damage. A poorly-fitting spindle will lead to increased wear and can even lead to the failure of the chair’s spindle.
Fixing a broken rung
Glue will work wonders for repairing a broken rung in a chair. However, if the broken part is not structural, you should consider a different approach. First, use a piece of masking tape to create a trough on the underside of the broken rung. Afterward, apply polyurethane glue into the trough and then press the piece of masking tape down over the broken part.
If you’re not confident with tools, you can buy a two-part adhesive and use it to fix the chair’s rung. This glue will fit the rung tightly once it is applied. If you’re unsure of how to apply the glue, use a combination saw or a hacksaw. You should cut about 3/4 inch into the rung, so that it can adhere to the new piece.
Fixing a broken slat
One of the most frustrating parts of owning a chair is a broken seat slat. There’s nothing worse than sitting on a piece of furniture and having to spend hours trying to fix it. You’ll be relieved when you’ve figured out how to fix a broken seat slat on a chair. Luckily, there’s an easy way to fix this problem and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Here’s how.
First, you need to repair the damaged part. For a wooden chair, this can be done easily by gluing a new slat on the side facing the broken one. You can also replace the slat with a wide molding. Once you’ve done that, you can use old screws or self-tapping sheet metal screws to secure the slat to the chair’s frame.