Dowel Broke Assembling Furniture

In one kind of break, the part snaps off just at the hole, leaving the dowel portion in the hole. The rung itself will then have a ragged end. The repair depends on how much of the body of the rung was destroyed. If the ragged end is very near the part of the rung which served as a dowel, you are lucky. You can fix the rung by following these steps:

  • 1) dig the dowel scrap out of the hole;
  • 2) fill the hole with a hardwood plug glued in place. Hush with the surface;
  • 3) clamp the rung in a vise to hold it while you work;
  • 4) use your dowel jig to drill a hole for a new hardwood dowel into the end of the rung — the diameter of the new dowel will be about half or a little bigger than the diameter of the rung:
  • 5) ignoring the ragged end of the rung
First, dig out the old dowel out of the hole in the rail Fill this with a wood plug sanded to match the shape of the rail
Drill holes for a new dowel that will be inserted both into the rung and into the rail There will be an open space left between the two

Wood putly.

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Rung , Hardwood plug'

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Fill the open space with wood putty or wood filler. When this dries, sand the putty to match the shape ol the rung, then stain

Fill the open space with wood putty or wood filler. When this dries, sand the putty to match the shape ol the rung, then stain for now, drill dowel holes in both the rung and the piece to which it is to be joined;

  • 6) insert a dry dowel (no glue) in the hole;
  • 7) assemble the joint, making sure that the rung is in exactly the same position as it was originally;
  • 8) there will be some wood missing at the ragged end of the rung — measure the space between the ragged end and the chair leg to find how much wood is missing;
  • 9) remove the rung and use wood putty to build up the end of the rung so that it meets the face to which it is to be joined;
  • 10) allow the wood putty to set;
  • 11) sand it to the same shape as the rung:
  • 12) stain the putty the same shade as the rest of the furniture. When you insert the new dowel, the rung should look like new.

Alternative: Doweling A simpler method can be employed if the dowel scrap is still projecting from the hole into which it was inserted. In this case, cut off the ragged wood and then add a new dowel, as shown in the photographs.

The rung of this chair has broken off. leaving its doweled end in the leg like a plug The easiest repair method is doweling
Begin the repair by using a backsaw to cut off ragged pieces of wood flush with the surface. Do this on both the leg and the rung
Clamp the rung, position the doweling jig on it. and drill a dowel hole Be careful to drill in the center of the rung; use tape around the drill bit as a depth guide
Drill Dowel Fix Chair
Next, drill a dowel hole in the center of the broken rung in the leg
Broken Rubber Hole
Coat a dowel with white glue Insert it into the hole in the leg. Place the rung over it. With the rubber mallet, drive the rung tight for a strong, invisible repair

To gel glue down into a split use a screwdriver to hold the pieces apart. Insert a small wood wedge to hold the break open.

With the break sti held open, paint white glue down into the crack, until ah Ihe surlaces are well covered.

Two C-clamps. with small wood pads lo protect the furniture surface, are now used to tightly clamp the pieces together.

To gel glue down into a split use a screwdriver to hold the pieces apart. Insert a small wood wedge to hold the break open.

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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