The purpose of this page is simple, to illustrate a few of the many re-gluing projects we have completed. Use this link for more information about the materials and methods of regluing.
This chair was re-glued with hide glue. As is very common, the back section was all still tight but the seating section loose. Only one joint in the seating section stayed intact when stressed, the single leg stretcher seen attached to the leg. Since we re-glued this chair with hide glue we were able to let that one joint be and adjust the price down accordingly. As you can see, all joints are marked for reassembly and alignment, the chair disassembled, then the joints were cleaned, the glue applied and clamps set in place. A solid feeling chair was the end result.
It is not just screws and nails that can weaken structural parts. Before routing out this section, we removed two screws. Besides those two screws, we counted five dowel sections and some wood filler that had been used to reinforce this weak section of the chair. Notice how little of the original wood's grain is unbroken by foreign wood. Our next step was to glue in place a new, unbroken section of mahogany to give this the support it needs. The picture showing the new piece in place is from the other upright on this same chair. It had the same problem with the same unsuccessful attempts to repair. Once both sides were repaired in this way, we shaped the wood and refinished it to match the rest of the chair. When we were done it was strong and looked good.
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No, we don't conduct in -shop competitions for the largest number of clamps that can be applied to pieces of furniture. We do make every effort to ensure that every piece we re-glue will stay together and give years of satisfaction to our customers. It is especially important when reupholstering a piece to consider re-gluing at the same time. The upholstery will hold the wood sections together, but do you really want the upholstery to be constantly absorbing the stresses that come with use? Or, do you really want to live with a creaking and groaning sofa or chair? If there is a major problem with a weak joint, it very expensive to have sections of upholstery removed and later reattached when the repair is done. Whenever reupholstering, we urge you to have the piece checked for re-gluing needs as well.
More proof that we are not photographers, but also evidence that when we re-glue chairs we do in fact re-glue them completely--at least the parts that need to be glued. The back of this chair did not need re-gluing.
This set of two photos shows the squeeze out of the epoxy adhesive when the joints of this chair were clamped tightly together. Next comes the last step in re-gluing--cleaning up the excess glue.
This illustrates a very common problem with chairs, a tenon will break. No problem! We can rebuild the tenon and reattach the part making the chair secure again.
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