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post #1 of 6 Old 12-23-2012, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Broken outside rocking chair spindle

I have a rocking chair that has a broken outside spindle. Unfortunately, it broke in two right where the screw goes through that holds it to the arm. I tried to glue it with no success. After that I reglued it and wrapped it with fiberglass. Still no success. I would just replace it but it is not a straight piece and is also not the same diameter in different places. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Pictures would help out here.
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+1 for pictures. I am not able to visualize the issue or any suggestions for a fix.
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Picture would help but from your description it sounds like you need to find someone with a lathe.
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Option #1
You will need 2 dowels: one the size of the broken spindle and a smaller one
cut off the broken spindle so that you can drill out a hole large enough for the smaller one to be inserted inside of it - this would be the lower portion of the spindle. In other words, a dowel within a spindle.
Now cut you replacement spindle and perform the same operation on it - this would be the top of the spindle which attaches to the arm.
Glue the dowel into the spindle & the two spindle pieces together & insert.
Option #2
Remove the entire broken spindle and reglue the broken pieces together. Drill a hole deep enough for a smaller dowel to be inserted into the spindle down past the broken portion, glue everything and reinset.
Option #3
Remove the broken spindle, find, make a new spindle, insert.
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