Chair rails arc sometimes attached to chair posts by large screws driven through the backs of the posts and into the rail. These screws may be countersunk, and hidden by small wood plugs fitted into the holes and glued in place. You must pry the plug out in order to remove the screw. The best tool for this is an awl (an ice pick is a substitute), which you tap into the plug near one edge. The tapping may dislodge the plug. If not, then press the awl away from the center of the plug to provide leverage action.
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