How to Repair Broken Chair Spindles

Updated April 17, 2017

Spindles on a wooden chair look elegant and can give a room a warm, rustic feel. The difficulty with spindles, whether in the back or the bottom of the chair, is that with normal wear and tear they can come loose or even break. A broken or loose spindle does not mean that you have to throw away the chair. Learn how to give new life to your chair -- do it yourself and save the price of a chair restorer.

Lay the chair on a flat work surface or table. Clean it with a wood cleaner or furniture cleaner to remove any debris before you start working on the chair.

Pry the broken spindle out of the sockets gently so as not to cause further breakage to the spindle. Try twisting the spindle as you pull away the leg or back that is holding it in place.

Examine the spindle to determine whether it is cracked or if there are holes in it. If it is cracked but the crack does not go through the entire spindle, apply a thin bead of Liquid Nails to a piece of dental floss and run the floss between the seams of the crack.

Fix a broken spindle where the crack goes all the way through the wood by sanding the ends of the break lightly and putting wood glue on both sides of the break. Clamp the pieces together for 24 hours.

Repair a spindle that has come out or is working its way out of the socket by placing a few drops of Liquid Nails into the socket, putting the spindle back in, and clamping it together for 24 hours.

Reinstall the spindles that you removed the same way you repaired the loose spindle in Step 5. Refinish or stain any areas that you have repaired if the finish has been removed.


Check joints and spindles periodically and tighten loose spindles so they do not break.


Be certain that all the glue is completely dry before allowing anyone to sit on the repaired chair.

Things You'll Need

  • Furniture cleaner
  • Tune of Liquid Nails
  • Dental floss
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
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Based in New Hope, Pa., Stephanie Abir has been writing business- and health-related articles since 1980. Her work has appeared in “Business Week” magazine and “American Health” magazine. Abir holds a doctorate in American literature from the University of South Carolina.