Doweled Chair Repair

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Blog series by DrDirt updated 04-04-2014 03:10 AM 3 parts 6885 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: Pair of Antique Doweled Chairs

03-30-2014 04:46 AM by DrDirt | 4 comments »

My wifes grandfather was an avid woodworker in La Canada California. He owned and founded Lincoln Lumber in Pasadena. My wife received a pair of chairs, with rotted out leather seats, and a pretty rough finish. The chairs spent the past 60 years or so in a steel Shipping container/storage unit outside Palmdale. This is the intact-ish one the other is laying in pieces sanded beside it. One of the features I really like is that he made the barley twist on the front legs run opposite d...

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Part 2: First Steps of Regluing

03-31-2014 01:10 AM by DrDirt | 7 comments »

Well – as one can expect, there are always some unanticipated setbacks. Started off this morning, to glue the back together. First I carved grooves in the dowels, so that there would not be a problem with the dowel holes filling with glue and the back not coming together. I double checked the depths, and felt the 2 inch dowels I had cut might be long, so I trimmed them down by 1/8th inch. What I found… is I didn’t go far enough!!, so with hot glue spread, and...

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Part 3: Well it is together

04-04-2014 03:10 AM by DrDirt | 2 comments »

Well I finally got it together.No dowels too long. After the first glue-up, I tested the glue on 2 blocks.The first break was close to where the vice jaws were, so I thought, that may be the vice acted as a fulcrum, forcing the wood to snap off at the top of the vice, so I turned it around, and moved the glue line to the top of the vice, and the wood still broke instead of the glue. I really am sold on the Hot hide glue strength. Another advantage….. hot hide will wash out ...

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