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Things You'll Need:

Paint or wood finishing
Nails/screws in various
Power or hand saw
Wood glue

1. Determine if the wood is
merely cracked or if it has
broken. Repair cracks in
wooden furniture using
wood glue or nails. If using
glue, it may be necessary
to clamp or weight the
wood until the glue is
completely dry.
2. Remove broken wooden
stool legs from the seat,
measure for
circumference and length.
Purchase unfinished
dowels, cut them to the
proper length, if necessary,
sand and paint, then re-
attach to the chair using
either wood glue or nails.
Repair broken chair legs in
the same manner, using
either 1X4 or 2X4 lumber
cut to appropriate lengths.

3. Remove a broken chair or
stool seat; use it for
measuring purposes. Cut,
sand and finish the wood,
according to
measurements and
appearance, then re-fasten
the new seat to the legs
with either wood glue or
4. Remove broken wooden
chair slats; note how they
were attached to the chair.
Use the slats as a pattern
for building replacement
slats; cut, sand and finish
to match the original slat.
Re-attach to the frame in
the same manner as the
broken piece was attached.


Keep a few pieces of
plywood or press board on
hand, as well as some one
or two pieces of 1X4 and
2X4 lumber, and some
wooden dowels. Have
different sizes of nails and
wood screws available. In
this way, you will be ready
for any wood furniture
repair work that may need
to be done.
Visit yard sales, thrift
stores, and other places
for pieces of wooden
furniture that match what
you have. Purchase those,
and use them for
replacement parts.

Take care when using hand
or power tools. Wear
appropriate eye protection
and protective clothing, if

It is better to replace a
piece of wooden furniture
than risk repairing it and
the piece of furniture not
hold the weight for which it
was intended. Serious injury
can result should the
furniture collapse if
someone was on or near it
when this occurred.

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