How to Fix Wooden Chairs

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Because wooden chairs are commonly found in high-traffic areas, such as kitchens and dining rooms, they get a lot of use and take a lot of abuse. Even the toughest wooden chairs can become wobbly or have spindles and legs that can come loose. With just a few materials and a little TLC, you can make your wooden chairs strong and sturdy again.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Damp rag
  • Level
  • Palm sander
  • 60-grit sander paper

Loose Legs or Spindles

  • Place chair on a clean tabletop or work bench so that it will be at eye level and easier to work with.

  • Apply wood glue to the inside of the holes where the rungs have separated. Reinsert the rungs (legs or spindles) into the holes. Press the rung firmly to make sure it is secure.

  • Clamp the rung to hold it in place as it dries. Wipe down any excess glue with a damp rag.

  • Allow the chair to dry six to eight hours before removing the clamp.

Wobbly Chair

  • Place chair on a level tabletop.

  • Place level in the middle of the chair seat to determine which leg needs to be sanded.

  • Flip the chair over. In an even circular motion, sand the bottom of the leg down, being careful not to over-sand.

  • Flip the chair back over and test it for sturdiness. Place the level back in the middle of the seat. The level should indicate if more sanding is necessary. If it is, repeat the previous steps until the wobbling ceases.

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