Workin’ the Wiggles Away

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I am budgeting for a new couch, so I really don’t want to spend any of that money on other pieces. Unfortunately, the rest of my furniture didn’t see that memo. As I was moving chairs to vacuum, I notice a little too much wiggle. No!

I grabbed a crescent wrench and a hex driver, and flipped the chairs over. Then I just tightened all of the screws and bolts. Snapped my fingers and was done.

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In triumph, I grabbed a celebratory glass of coffee and flung myself into a chair at the table, and it almost crumpled beneath me. I’m not exactly petite, but really?

About 3 years ago I completely took this exact chair apart, re-glued all the joints and re-finished the wood. It seems like the spindle leg style never holds up and they are constantly in need of repair. Yippee!! I already know how to do it.

I started with a rubber mallet to completely remove the loose spindle. A rubber mallet won’t scar the wood like a regular hammer would.

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Generously apply glue.

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Replace spindles into the holes. In addition to giving them a sharp tap with the rubber mallet, I also used some ratcheting straps to really torque those spindles into place.

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Removed any excess glue.

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I then used some screws and tried to better secure the spindles to the seat.

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After allowing the glue to set for 24 hours, the chair is back in use. For now catastrophe as been averted.

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