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Question DetailsAsked on 11/8/2014

Dining room chair repair

Legs are broken at connection to seat area on dining room chairs

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Answered 5 years ago by Member Services


Furniture - Refinishing and Repair is your Search the List category in the Services section. Usually, they will use a forstner bit (flat-faced bit) to bore out the leg to take a new step-dowel that is then glued into the leg, and used to connect into the seat.

A step-dowel is different diameter on each end - the original chair leg size in the seat, but smaller in the leg because generally there is not large enough diameter to fit the original full-size dowel into the leg. Can also be done with full-size dowel in the chair seat and a metal pin into that going down into the chair leg. Typically about $50-75 for one or two, and maybe additional $10-20 each for additional ones at same time.

In some cases, depending on chair design, this is not feasible and they will need to make up a whole new chair leg, or put a clamping collar around the top of it (if acceptable to you) - a whole new leg can run over $100 to make up one, and $50-100 each for more than one, so you need to set a limit on how much these chairs are worth to you, and find out what new replacement of same or similar chair would cost, unless they are antiques and worth a lot to keep intact. How much repair will cost depends a lot on the shop - what its overhead is, whether they use high-tech lathes to manufacture replacements or if it is an old guy with hand tools doing it in the traditional ways, etc.

Oh - and to prevent more such damage - keep felt or teflon/nylon pads on the bottom of the feet to prevent high lateral resistnace when pushing a chair back from the table, fix loose legs or bracing immediately so you do not have loose, unsupported legs (which break much easier), and keep the kids/husband from tilting back in the chairs - that kills the legs on wood chairs.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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