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    chair repair question

    i have got 2 chairs dropped off to repair maybe!!!! they have brk spindles that keep the legs together and the tenons are both broke off in the legs.. anyone got ideas of how to repair them? i dont own a lathe so other solutions needed as these also have a spindle going back tot he back rung of the chiar also.. pic is below...

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    my thoughts on how to fix, possibly drill a hole threw leg and into the spindle to glue a dowel into to connect the two.??? then refinish to match as close as i can.. the husband already tried to screw them together but he missed on two occasions and the misses wasnt to happy
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    IMO, the best solution would be to find a turner who can replace the broken spindles. (I'd offer to do it if my lathe wasn't 800 miles west of me right now.) I think anything less than that is gonna look patched.
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    well they have looked broke for alost twenty years from what i was told and those screws do add some artist look to it ok will need to find a turner close by.. or maybe i can mail them off and get them mailed back??? they are maple..
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    Yuup what Vaughn said....
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    Im wondering if the amount of time and effort needed to do the job right, turn a spindle, drill out the old spindle, finish to match, is worth it if the chair itself might not be worth as much as the repair.(if its a family heirloom, I dont think the husband would have used screws)
    that spindle doesnt look that complicated for a turner.
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    any turners want to give me a price on making two of these broke spindles? and send them in a flat rate box to me?
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    Larry i would do it, but around here it's real hard to find any Maple.
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    If there are already screw hols through the legs into the (broken) spindles, then I through drill them for a dowel. Figure a way to hold the spineles in place, then drill thru the leg, the broken off tenons, and into the end of the spindle, then put a dowel of the proper length in. Maybe leave the dowel an eighth or quarter inch long, and round over the end to look like a 'button.' ...Or, you could even use a steel (bolt) or aluminum rod toadditional strength, and sink it deep enough that you could use a dowel or button plug.

    Not as elegant as turning a whole new spindle, but neat, clean, and effective. Cheaper, too!

    Note, I'd only do this for a chair with little value - certainly not on a real antique!
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    these arent high dollar antigues, and buy doing a repair like jim suggested i dont have to match color as much..
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    I've had a couple of chairs like that over the years. Drill and dowel worked well for me.
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