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eupheronium

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06-26-2020 06:27 PM

Not sure if wood & lumber is the right place, but I’m sure many of you might have ideas. I’m trying to fix a Maple Hancock Chair that was given to my Dad when he made Tenure. His office had a leak from above over their winter break and he came back to split wood on the seat and all the paint coming off. I’m tying to figure out how to get the splits glued back together.

All ideas are welcome. Thank you

https://photos.app.goo.gl/LA7CoQMmxH9zj64p9


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JohnMcClure

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#1 posted 06-26-2020 06:27 PM

Pictures would help!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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Steve

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#2 posted 06-26-2020 07:54 PM

you might be able to suck some CA glue into the splits from below and then clamp it tight.

but the right way to do it, would be to take it apart and reglue the seat.

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#3 posted 06-26-2020 08:34 PM

In the second picture I see 3 or 4 splits startingwhere it appears the boards used to form the seat are separating. If they are only a small “crack” and doesn’t go more than half way across the seat I would use medium thick CA glue (suoer glue). Unlike thin CA glue it will take it a few minutes to set up so you have time to let it seep into the cracks. Keep adding more as it seeps in and when you think you have enough in there then clamp the seat to close the cracks and let it cure for a few hours. If after clamping small crack openings are still showing you can fill them with the medium CA glue sort of like an epoxy fill, sanding it flush after it cures.
You could also try to wick or inject some carpenters glue (Tightbond III) into the crack and clamp it. It will not flow into the crack as well as the medium thick CA glue.

-- Les B, Oregon

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ddockstader

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#4 posted 06-26-2020 08:39 PM

If the cracks are all the way through the seat and wide enough, you might try using some thin dental floss (look for the thin type) to draw the glue into the crack before you clamp it down.

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#5 posted 06-26-2020 09:25 PM

I don’t think your going to have very good luck closing those gaps with glue. So my suggestion is to fill the cracks with a good wood filler.
Then repaint.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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Rich

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#6 posted 06-26-2020 09:42 PM


I don’t think your going to have very good luck closing those gaps with glue. So my suggestion is to fill the cracks with a good wood filler.
Then repaint.
Good Luck

- Aj2

+1

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#7 posted 06-26-2020 09:48 PM

Your pictures have the clamp on them. Is this holding a crack closed that we cant see?
Otherwise, ^see above^

-- I only know what I know, nothing less, nothing more -- That doesn't count what I used to know..

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Rich

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#8 posted 06-26-2020 09:52 PM


Your pictures have the clamp on them. Is this holding a crack closed that we cant see?
Otherwise, ^see above^

- LeeRoyMan

Yeah, good point. Any cracks that affect the strength of the chair need to be glued and clamped. The filler suggestion was just to repair little defects caused by the water.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#9 posted 06-26-2020 09:56 PM

You haven’t told us about the physical stability of the chair. Is it as good as the day it was made or did the soaking destroy the glue bonding the pieces together? If it is still very solid, then the suggestions to fill the gaps and repaint are fine. If the water has ruined the joinery as well as creating the cracks, then I think Steve has offered good advice. If you can possibly disassemble the chair, you will have the best chance of making it sound again.

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WoodenDreams

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#10 posted 06-27-2020 01:20 AM

‘Woodshop Therapy’ has several blogs and videos for repairing chairs. you may want to check them out.

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eupheronium

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#11 posted 06-28-2020 05:16 PM

I’ve been offline for a couple days. Chair is stable, despite the many cracks. There’s no give in the joinery, so I’m thinking disassembly is a bad idea.
I think the CA glue will work best and working it down into the cracks.

Before I try gluing, I can’t find a way to get solid pressure to push closed any of the cracks.

The clamp in the picture was my first attempt. I clamped boards on both sides. To stabilize the boards I was going to use to use wegdes to lever the corners pushing the middle together. But everything kept slipping. So no pressure.

How would you clamp this?

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Planeman40

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#12 posted 06-28-2020 06:07 PM

A surprising amount of clamping pressure can be obtained by lashing the chair seat with a non-stretchable material like soft wire and then forcing s stick between the lashings and twisting the wire lashings with the stick.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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eupheronium

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#13 posted 06-28-2020 06:24 PM

Will that leave a wire sized dent alone the chair?

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LeeRoyMan

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#14 posted 06-28-2020 06:31 PM

I would try a band clamp (2” tie down strap).
Tighten it up and put shims wherever you need them for extra pressure.

-- I only know what I know, nothing less, nothing more -- That doesn't count what I used to know..

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Planeman40

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#15 posted 06-28-2020 06:31 PM

Not if you use some scrap wood padding like you did with your bar clamps in the photo.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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