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Re: repairing antique oak dining chair

Posted By: James Schooley <jschooleyfamily@earthlink.net> (pmspen1-167.rconnect.com)
Date: 10/11/2 00:37

In Response To: repairing antique oak dining chair (Mark)

As I see it the problem is, you want to locate a dowel rod perfectly between the broken parts so that when you join them there is no obvious misallignment. The way we make these repairs is not simple but is strong and invesible. If you wish to make a good alignment use a drill press to make a stright hole in the broken-off piece. If the leg is 1.25" you can use about a 3/4" dowel. Next you will need to make a center marking tool to fit into the first hole, this will mark the center of the 2nd. hole. Take a loose fitting dowel rod with a sharp nail protruding may work to mark the spot, lign the parts with a couple of stright boards,push them together, now you have the spot you need to drill the remaining hole.

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