How Do You Repair a Spindle?


Quick Answer

If a spindle cracks, coat a piece of dental floss in wood glue and work the floss into the split. Wipe off the excess glue and press the split between two pieces of wood to hold it in place, allowing the wood glue to dry for 24 hours. Larger repairs may require rebuilding the chair.

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Spindles often need repair because they take so much abuse on a regular basis. Individual spindles are easy to fix; just remember to tackle major repairs before handling the smaller ones.

A loose spindle joint is the easiest to repair.

  1. Add glue
  2. Repair a loose spindle joint by pulling each part of the joint apart and adding fresh glue. Push the glue into the joint with a paintbrush or syringe and clamp the joint together until it dries.

  3. Wipe off the excess glue
  4. Wipe off the excess glue and allow the joint to dry for 24 hours.

If a spindle cracks, the repair is a little more time-consuming but easily handled by almost anyone.

  1. Add glue
  2. Add glue to the split using dental floss or other thin object. Be sure to cover both sides of the split with glue.

  3. Clamp or tie down the split
  4. Wipe off the excess glue and clamp or tie down the joint to hold it together as it dries. Let it dry for at least 24 hours.

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