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repairing antique oak dining chair

Posted By: Mark <mark4mus@optushome.com.au> (c17313.rivrw1.nsw.optusnet.com.au)
Date: 10/10/2 05:57

Hello, any help appreciated!

I have an antique oak dining suite. A year ago I had the chairs re-dowelled and upholstered. Yesterday one of the legs of the chairs snapped just below where it had been 'turned' (I imagine on a lathe)just below the seat frame. I understand the principle of using a dowel to fix it but the problem is the two halfs of the snapped leg are uneven (rather like a green-stick fracture of a bone, I suppose). The question is, how do I ensure that the two halfs will be exactly aligned for repair with a dowel? If there were two planks which needed to be joined with dowels at the respective ends, that would be simple. But as the legs of this chair are turned (hence round) the matching broken bits are very difficult to match in the usual way when inserting a dowel. I hope this makes sense because it is difficult to explain. I would be most grateful for any suggestions.

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