If you found a great dining room furniture at a local yard sale but the chairs are a bit loose when your family sits in them, then you will be pleased to know this is an easy thing for you to repair. Since wooden dining room chairs are held together by glued wood dowels, it is common for the glue to weaken over time and the chairs to become loose. Once a chair has started to wobble, then the problem will continue to get worse until the chair's frame is re-glued.
Thankfully, re-gluing your dining room chairs is easy to do and only requires the following tools and supplies:
- a screwdriver
- a rubber mallet
- wood glue
- a glue applicator syringe
- large clamps
- a damp cloth
To fix each loose chair, follow these steps:
Step 1: Remove the Chair's Fabric Seat
The fabric seat on your dining room chair is held in place by a couple of small screws. You can locate the screws by turning the chair upside down. Using your screwdriver, remove each screw and set them aside for reattaching the seat once the chair has been re-stabilized. After all of the screws have been removed, then pop out the fabric seat and set it aside.
Step 2: Loosen the Corners for Re-Gluing
Before you can re-glue your chair to stabilize it, first you need to gently open up each of the chair's joints. The best and safest way to accomplish this is to hold the chair rail with one hand and gently hit the chair's leg with your rubber mallet. Do not use a hammer because the metal will damage the chair's wood.
Step 3: Inspect the Dowels for Damage
Once the chair's joints are opened, then inspect the wooden dowels holding the chair together to make sure they aren't cracked or broken. If the dowels are damaged, then you need to either drill them out and replace them or take the chairs to a professional furniture restorer for assistance.
Step 4: Place Wood Glue in the Chair's Opened Joints
As long as the chair's dowels are not damaged, then you can simply re-glue the chair's joints to stop the chair from moving around as your family members sit in it. To get the glue down into the joint, place some wood glue into a syringe applicator with a small tip. Glue each joint and clamp together the chair frame together so the glue can cure. If any glue oozes out, make sure you wipe it away with your damp cloth.
Finally, since it takes a day or two for wood glue to completely dry and cure, you should not sit in your dining room chair until the glue has fully cured.