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Advice needed - Rocking chair spindle issue

Hi, I am a novice DYIer and have an old, spindle back rocker (painted) which I'd like to repaint. BUT FIRST....I noted that one spindle is not seated correctly. It is like someone spun the spindle 180 degrees so that when you are sitting in the chair that one spindle pushes into your back.

I have tried to turn the spindle . The base which is seated on the rocker seat moves a little but the top does not. I don't see any nails or screws so presume glue may be holding it in place.

Any suggestions on how to go about resolving this?

Thanks for your ideas!
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-28-2015, 07:17 PM
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look for fresh glue or a nail

If you can't find a brad nail it will only be held by glue.
If it's carpenter's glue, white or yellow, it will respond to heat or steam. If it's PVC yellow glue, vinegar and very hot water will loosen it.
It could be hide glue which will also respond to hot water or steam.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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Usually a loose spindle you can flood super glue around the joint and it will go in. What condition is the existing paint?

The seat is a different story. Take a rubber mallet and see if you can knock it apart. Then clean the parts and glue it back together with some two part epoxy.
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S Neul - So my issue at this point is trying to loosen a spindle so that I can reseat it correctly. That spindle is not cooperating probably due to glue.

Paint is in okay condition. (No peeling) however I'd be planning to sand it down to smooth out what looks to be many coats of paint.

First, though, will need to resolve that initial issue as posted. Wish me luck !
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S Neul - So my issue at this point is trying to loosen a spindle so that I can reseat it correctly. That spindle is not cooperating probably due to glue.

Paint is in okay condition. (No peeling) however I'd be planning to sand it down to smooth out what looks to be many coats of paint.

First, though, will need to resolve that initial issue as posted. Wish me luck !
If someone has improperly reglued the chair and put a spindle backwards the only option it to try to completely disassemble the chair and reglue it.

Before you sand the chair try wiping the paint with some naphtha on a clean cloth and see if the paint tries to rub off onto the rag. If it does then the existing paint is likely latex paint and you could recoat it with latex. If it doesn't then it's likely oil based paint and you should topcoat it with oil based paint.

Sand all you want on the chair. Even if the paint was in completely perfect condition sanding promotes adhesion of what ever paint you apply to it.
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It still worth trying ......

It's still worth attempting to loosen the backwards spindle and rotate it. Taking the whole chair apart is a last resort. If the spindle can be inserted "backwards" it can also be rotated, since the turned ends are concentric.

The issue will be loosening both the top and bottom at the same time, maybe a job for two people with hot towels. A "steam buggy" or other device which produces a stream of steam could be used to soften the glue.

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Suggesting something different.
The spindle only needs to be turned a quarter turn to be correct.
First wrap the spindle with 4-5 rounds of adhesive tape near the top.
Then, using some good pliers, gently see if you can turn the spindle into the correct position. If this works for you, apply some glue at both upper and lower points.
Be careful that the pliers don't cut through the tape and mar the spindle.
I hope this works for you.
Let us know.
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not a quarter turn....

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Hi, I am a novice DYIer and have an old, spindle back rocker (painted) which I'd like to repaint. BUT FIRST....I noted that one spindle is not seated correctly. It is like someone spun the spindle 180 degrees so that when you are sitting in the chair that one spindle pushes into your back.
?

Thanks for your ideas!
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Elizabeth
Suggesting something different.
The spindle only needs to be turned a quarter turn to be correct.
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A quarter turn is 90 degrees, not 180 degrees as the OP stated.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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