September 10, 2010

Wooden Stake anyone?

You will never believe the following, but trust me it’s true. So there I was sweeping the floor getting ready to mop. No smarty panties that is not the unbelievable part. I scooted out one of the dining chairs so I could sweep and mop around the table and this happened

Incredible! I pulled the chair away from the table and part of the leg just sorta went ~~ plop. What ta heck? We have only had the set since March of this year. No I didn’t bother calling the store we got it from, I already know how that would have been…bring it in, well you must have abused it. Nope only been sit in like 3 times, maybe. Well then that was the problem, dry rot. (no they would never have said such a thing, it just makes me giggle when I say they would have said that) Sorry lady. We can’t replace it, color / style etc. is impossible to match. We can glue it back together. Yeah you know that’s the way it would have been, if I had called.

So being the handy dandy person that I am, I fixed it myself. Now once I started I could see that the leg was cracked when it was stained, due to the knot hole, I’m sure. See, can you see where the stain leached into the crack?

I got some trusty wood glue and some rubber bands. Painted glue on both pieces of the break put them together and wrapped the heck outta the leg with rubber bands. I didn’t have clamps, hence the use of rubber bands.

No, not my trick I saw it on TV this one time and put it in my memory banks for possible use latter. See y’all just thought all those weird pieces of left over memory cells were useless.

Beloved wants to put some screws in the leg to insure it won’t break again and I don’t want screws uglying it up. You can hardly tell it was broke, see

But the screws, surely anyone could and would see them. I know wood glue is pretty strong…but I want to know what you think. Yes you , all of my dear internets…What say you?

Screw OR NOT to screw?


Jeni said...

Looks to me like you are quite the handy-dandy chair repairer person there!

Daisy said...

Love the rubber band wrap job. HA HA HA! And my vote goes with your hubby's. :-)

Jean-Luc Picard said...

If a vampire comes visiting, you have the stakes!

Zephra said...

Looks good to me. Why not wait and see if it breaks again then you can put screws in.

Stacy Post said...

What a resourceful gal! I say wait on the screws as they may split the wood again and you'd have to repeat the gluing process. Best of luck!

Deanna Schrayer said...

You are such an amazingly resourceful woman Paige. You can't tell that chair leg was broken At All. But how crappy that it did break so soon after buying it.

Hey, I got some things need fixin' 'round my house, and I hate rubber bands - they hurt like Hades when one flies back on ya - so, wanna come over? :)

ElizabethR said...

Lovely job paige :) I say leave it with the glue. My son has a beautiful rocking horse that started out blocks of wood glued together. Twenty-five years later-it's still glued together and beautiful.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Actually I'm really good at wooden chair repairs (for a moment at the title there I thought you were playing "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" btw-

Instead of a regular clamp you can make one using string tied in a semi-loose loop n put a pencil under it, then turn the pencil until the string tightens up, then tie the pencil so it doesn't unwind (my Mom taught me that)

I would've drilled a hole inside the break on both pieces to match up n inserted a wooded dowel piece(glued)internally cross-ways to help brace the repair- it wouldn't show.

I've been repairing my Aunt Besse's chairs which are in my kitchen for years- She lived to be 99 n passed on in the '80s= (old chairs!) Still have one that's never broken! Important to make stuff out of the right wood pieces to begin with...

sheila said...

Well, good thing it didn't break when someone sat on it! As for the screw, sink it and put some stainable wood putty in there it'll be great!

Jai Joshi said...

Normally I would say screw (because it's always fun to screw) but in this case, if you think the glue has done the job then there's no point getting messy. No what I mean?


Dapoppins said...

Screw OR NOT to screw?

Depends what your are screwing dear.

(((childish giggle here)))

Your right, a screw would change the look of the chair, however, if you don't screw I will NOT be wanting to sit in that chair if I ever get to visit.

Jannie Funster said...

Shoot, they just don't make 'em like they used to. I have 2 chair legs needing fixing.

I think you did AWESOME!

And wow, is there no end to Snaggle's many many talents and know-hows?? You are BOTH pretty dang AWESOME with a capital A!!