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post #1 of 5 Old 06-25-2018, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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How to fix a high chair seat

I am redoing an old wooden high chair for my great nephew and after getting it apart and started sanding I noticed the seat is splitting in the back. I’m looking for advice on how to repair this. I took most of the dowels out and chair apart so I can re-glue and add new hardware so this chair is nice and safe. I’ll attach a picture so you can see the extent of splitting. It doesn’t look too bad to me.
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-25-2018, 01:48 PM
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Structurally the chair is still fine with the cracks shown.
The cracks can be filled with wood putty prior to refinishing.
You cannot pull these cracks out with glue and clamps. It would require total disassembly.
High chairs get wiped with damp rags a lot. Moisture and wood are not good but putting a high chair up in a hot attic for several years is even worse on it.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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It looks to me the seat is safe but needs just cosmetic repairs. I would put masking tape on each side of the crack and fill it with epoxy and when filled rub some sanding dust into the crack. The masking tape would prevent a glue stain and filling the crack with dust would help hide the repair.
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In addition to filling the cracks as suggested, perhaps put a strainer along the back edge underneath?
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-26-2018, 01:38 AM
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Something similar that I had to deal with recently.

I would put some glue (Titebond III) in the crack and use rope to clamp the seat in place. Jus t tie the rope as tight as possible and then use a screw driver to twist the rope tighter.

Just a dumb old paper boy from Brooklyn, NY
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