Repairing An Old Chair
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'George, I'm trying to repair an old chair that needs some type of filler to save the end of the tenon.I don't think regular wood filler would hold up.They are not completely bad, but have some chips and splits.
If you have a suggestion I would be thankful.' I'm throwing this one to our antique and repair expert, Dave Munkittrick.WWGOA Contributing Editor Response: This is a common problem in chair repair.You are right not to trust wood filler in this situation.
Wood filler lacks the structural strength you need for a strong joint.A tenon's strength is both mechanical and chemical.The mechanical part comes from a good fit between the tenon and the mortise so that the tenon is held firm by the mortise without the benefit of glue.
The chemical part comes from the glue itself and for maximum strength, you want as much wood-to-wood contact as possible between the mortise and the tenon where the glue can bond.In both cases, missing pieces of a tenon will weaken the joint.
Your goal is to restore the tenon to its original shape.The best practice is to replace the missing pieces on the tenon with real wood, preferably...