How do you repair a broken chair back?

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Blog entry by WoodshopTherapy posted 06-04-2022 12:45 PM 644 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a project that recently came through my workshop for repair. The back of this chair was broken off. In this YouTube video I show how to investigate why something like this broke and how to fix it so the chair is back in working order. I read all comments on YouTube, so feel free to ask questions. Scott

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#1 posted 06-04-2022 05:04 PM

The earlier repairs described in the video did not return the chair to its original design strength. They simply made the chair look like the matching (undamaged) chairs. The damage was clearly a result of abuse such as rocking back on the rear legs. The subsequent damage may have come from repeated abuse. The suggestion of using undamaged parts from an identical chair is good, but requires the “sacrifice” of another chair. Sometimes it may be better to tell the owner that “the chair is not repairable.”

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#2 posted 06-04-2022 08:23 PM

Superior workmanship no doubt, all procedures are well thought out before implementing and the best solutions are used with the greatest attention to details.
I agree with Phil32 however, the abuse these chairs have seen – both past & present – makes me wonder if the effort to repair them is going to be a waste of time. Granted – this is your business & you are reimbursed for your time, but I surely would make known to the owner that there is no warranty for such abuse.

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