Regluing Doweled Chairs

Practical methods to fix the common wobbly chair.
By Bob Flexner
Pages: 64-69

From the April 2007 issue #161
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As a woodworker, you must be asked now and then to reglue loose chair joints. Chairs are the most abused of all furniture and also among the most complex. The subject of chair regluing is huge and, to my knowledge, has never been covered well in the woodworking literature.

I love regluing chairs. Call me weird, but I get really deep into the subtle construction differences. Even with a set of six or eight factory-made chairs, I can get lost in the minutest variations. I don’t know how many chairs I’ve reglued during the last three decades, but it must be in the thousands.

Because most chairs made since the mid-19th century are doweled, and because doweled chairs don’t hold up as well as mortise-
and-tenon joinery, the chairs you are asked to reglue will most likely be doweled. So this article is about doweled chairs.

From the April 2007 issue #161
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