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Question DetailsAsked on 1/4/2017

need wooden dining room chair legs repaired cincinnati area

dining room chairs are approximately 45 years old. One leg has cracked off at top of leg on two of the chairs.

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Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


Furniture - Repair and Refinishing (or Refinishing and Repair ?) would be your Search the List category for this sort of work.

Normally they can cut off the broken top "pin" end flush and drill and insert and glue in a wood dowel to replace the broken pin, drill out the broken part in the chair seat, and glue and insert the repaired leg into the seat - or for very small diameter legs sometimes put in a metal pin. Typical cost probably about $40-70 per chair depending on local costs.

In severe cases with splitting, or with very small diameter legs, sometimes they have to splice on another top end or fabricate another matching leg entirely, which would likely be in the $100-250 range per leg depending on how detailed the leg turning or fluting or pattern is - more if a carving or pattern that cannot be readily replicated with a shaper or lathe or router so it has to be hand done or takes a lot of machining time. Embossed patterns and spirals and rope designs and double-direction spirals as well as images carved or engraved in the wood can fall in this category, and can cost upwards of $250 to $1000 or even more each including finishing to match - obviously that level of repair is normally only done for antique furniture, and is rare in cases where only the top pin is broken off.

If the top on yours is not "repairable", rather than having an expensive new leg made one option is to go with a mounting block or metal bracket put AROUND the tops of the legs, allowing conventional pinning - but the tops of the legs is larger and blockier or has a metal bracket around it in that case (so would not exactly match other chairs in the set), and would normally be done for all 4 legs on a chair to look alike - probably in the $150-200/chair range to do that if that applies.

Another option in such cases is removing all legs, cutting the existing pins off, forming new pins on the top of all the legs, and gluing those into the seat - reducing the chair height about 1/2 to 1 inch (typically) in the process, which could be made up for with thicker bottom pads or padded metal tubular extensions on the bottom of the legs if desired.

So - check out in stores or on the web how much new chairs acceptable to you would cost, so you have an upper limit for the repair cost when you take the chairs in, so you can make your repair/replace decision right there.

And I am assuming here, but might be training family members to not tilt back in the chair would be in order too, to avoid future such repairs.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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