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If you recall, a few weeks ago, I wrote about the unexpected repair job I performed on one of our newly bought solid mahogany chairs (read parts one and two here). What I didn’t expect is that I would have to revisit one of our misfortunate chairs on such short notice – yet again. 

This time it was the crescent rail that gave up. I noticed that the rail and a few of the intersecting bamboo-looking burs underneath it were loose, and upon inspecting it, I saw that one of the joints between the top of the back leg and the rail had broken off while the other was wobbling. 

At first, I decided to pour CA glue into the seams, clamp them for a few minutes and call it a day. But then the Jiminy Cricket in me insisted I take this task more seriously, open the joint and fix it properly. 

After slowly removing the rail and pulling out the loose bars and the brads that secured them, I discovered that the maker had made a lousy joinery decision.


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