Furniture and Woodwork Repair Tips
Pro Tips for Simple DIY Fixes
By Rob Robillard
Home furniture and furnishings need special care to keep them working properly and maintain their original luster, value and aesthetics. Here are some maintenance tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way, to help you attain the status of home-furnishing maintenance Jedi Knight!
Repair a Wobbly Leg
“Stop Leaning Back!” I never thought I’d be echoing my parent’s words, but now I do. My kids are “lean-ers,” they love to lean back when sitting on the kitchen counter stools. Not only is it dangerous, it drives me crazy because the pressure on the rear legs always weakens the frame joints. As a result, I probably end up repairing two stools per year.
This repair takes 30 minutes or less. When compared to a $150 stool replacement cost, it’s well worth the time investment.
First spread the stool’s stretchers further apart with a bar clamp to expose the tenon and mortise. Lightly sand the exposed tenon to roughen up the surface for the new glue. Use a small brush to dampen both mating surfaces, which helps the glue cure faster. Then apply the glue. For wood components, use a quality wood glue. For other materials an epoxy may work better. Gorilla Glue epoxy comes in a two-part applicator and is fast-setting, strong, easy to use and evenly dispenses. Apply the glue with a brush to ensure equal coverage inside the mortise.
Next, clamp the legs together, then clean excess glue off the joint. If foaming occurs as the adhesive sets, wipe it clean with some solvent (paint thinner works). Come back later and clean up any additional foam with a small sharp chisel.
When dry, cover the glue line with a marker to make the repair invisible.