How to Fix Broken Wooden Maple Chair Spindles

Written by patti perry | 13/05/2017
How to Fix Broken Wooden Maple Chair Spindles
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You can fix a broken maple chair spindle by replacing the spindle with a strong, new piece of wood. If you still have the broken spindle, you may be able to use it as a pattern for getting the proper dimensions for the new part. Although the original spindle may have been turned on a lathe, you can shape a replacement with a few sharp hand tools and a vice.

Things you need

  • Froe

  • Hatchet

  • Wooden mallet

  • Measuring tape

  • Calipers

  • Draw-knife

  • Spokeshave

Select maple stock that is similar to the damaged spindle.

Use a froe, wooden mallet and hatchet to split 1-inch by 1-inch pieces of maple. Beat the blade of the froe into the wood at 1-inch intervals with a wooden mallet. Use the hatchet to cut through any fibres that do not separate.

Measure the dimensions of your broken spindle with a measuring tape and calipers.

Place one piece of 1-inch by 1-inch wood into a vice.

Shape the spindle with a sharp drawknife. Transfer your measurements as you remove wood slowly to form a new spindle.

Whittle slightly oversized tenons on the ends of the spindles. Make the tenons 1.25-inch long and fashion eight facets around the perimeter of the tenon. These slight angled facets will fit snugly in the sockets of the seat and chair back.

Tips

  • Stain or paint the new spindle so it matches the colour of the original.

Tips and Warnings

  • Stain or paint the new spindle so it matches the colour of the original.

Things you need

  • Froe
  • Hatchet
  • Wooden mallet
  • Measuring tape
  • Calipers
  • Draw-knife
  • Spokeshave

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