Repairing wooden furniture: disassembling and reassembling chairs – Mother Earth News


4. Try to disassemble the joints by hand, stirring a little. If necessary, use a rubber hammer.

5. Check for hidden fasteners if the joints do not free, especially the hidden nails. You may need to remove wood around the nail to tear it out.


6. Disassemble the chair in stages; for example, first remove the front legs and stretchers, then the side rails. After that, you can dismantle the rear legs, seat rail, ridge, splat, etc.

How to assemble a chair

Reassemble the chair in the reverse order you took it apart, creating subassemblies. Prepare your clips, glue, and other materials in advance so you don’t have to search for them after the glue is spread.

tight leg

1. Repair cracks or cracks, whether it is the result of heavy use or the dismantling process.


2. Clean the glue you can see on the wooden surfaces, then wipe well around the joints using a rag and water.


3. Put the song back in place using logic sub-assemblies. In this case, I first raised the rear legs, seat rail, ridge and backrest. Then I raised the front legs and the stretcher.


4. Let the glue in the sub-assemblies set for an hour or more. Then remove the clamps and assemble the chair. Secure front to back using the side rails. Make sure you do this on a flat surface and check that the chair does not wobble. If so, you can correct the oscillation by tilting the clamps to compensate.


5. Install the glue blocks last, using glue and the original screws.

More Finishing furniture

• Repairing wooden furniture: re-gluing a table top
• Repairing wooden furniture: how to remove dents with steam


Reprinted with permission from Furniture finishing made easy by Jeff Jewitt and published by The Taunton Press, 2012. Photographs by Gary Junken.


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