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How To Fix A Broken Leg On A Wood Dining Table Chair

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Some people like to lean back on a dining room chair as they discuss the day's events over dinner. The problem is most dining room chairs are not meant to be used this way and the pressure exerted on the chair's legs can cause one of them to snap. For many years, this meant that you would have to go out and find a replacement chair that matched the others around your dining room table. However, there is way to fix a snapped chair leg so you don't have to buy another. Here is how you can fix the leg of a wooden chair after it has been broken in half.

You Will Need:

  • Chisel
  • Steel Scraper
  • Wood Glue
  • Small Brush
  • Small Clamps
  • Damp Rag
  • Drill
  • 3/8" Wood Peg
  • Small Hammer
  • Paint

Prepare Surfaces

Take the broken leg and scrap the surface of the break with a steel scraper to remove any chips or bumps so it becomes smooth. You will want to put grooves in the surface of the leg part still attached to the chair.  

You can do this by taking a small chisel and digging grooves into the wood – you'll only need to put four or five grooves in the surface. 

Take wood glue and pour enough on both broken parts to completely cover the surface of the break. Spread the glue around with a small brush to make sure the glue is evenly spread over both surfaces.

Attach Broken Pieces

Attach the broken piece to the leg part on the chair so they fit tightly together. You can hold the two pieces in place by using two small clamps. Tighten the clamps so the broken piece won't move around.

Put wax paper between the clamps and wood so the glue doesn't make the clamps stick to the wood. Wipe up any glue that squirts out between the cracks with a damp rag.

Drill a 3/8" hole on the inside of the leg part connected to the chair (this will make it less visible than drilling a hole on the outside of the leg) until you've gone halfway through the other broken part.

Take a small 3/8" wood peg cut to fit into the hole. Put wood glue around the peg and insert it into the hole – you might need to tap it in lightly with a small hammer if it sticks a little.

After the glues dries and sets, take the clamps off and remove the wax paper. Use paint that matches the color of your chair to cover up the peg and cracks. The chair is now ready to be put back in service.

For more information, check out companies such as Esprit Decor.

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5 March 2015