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post #1 of 3 Old 10-13-2015, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Need Help Repairing Broken Chair Leg

Hi, new poster and beginner woodworker looking for advice!

I have a wood library/court chair where the back legs have snapped inside in the joint. From what I've read online I believe it the tenon has snapped inside the joint??

I've attached pictures of the snapped tenon stuck inside the joint, a picture of an undamaged joint, and a picture of a tenon that has been disconnected from the joint (this one is a spindle connecting the back and front legs).

I plan on drilling and removing the broken end that stuck inside the joint, but how do I add a new thread on the end of the leg to insert back into the joint??

Thanks for any and all help!
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-13-2015, 11:44 PM
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Welcome to the forum!

I'm not a furniture restoration expert, but I'll give you my thoughts.

If you want to reuse the leg, I think you'd want to add a new dowel/tenon end to it.

You'd also have to clean up the bottom of the chair. Drill out the broken piece and put a fresh piece of wood in the hole.

Get a hardwood dowel a bit smaller than the leg.

Drill out the leg, being careful to keep the hole nice and straight.

Drill out the same size hole in the bottom of the chair, being careful to get the angle right.

Glue them back together.
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post #3 of 3 Old 10-13-2015, 11:47 PM
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You'd also want to be sure you go into the leg a good depth so the new dowel is supported by a decent amount of wood thickness.
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