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Posted 2nd Apr
Finding things to do and fix around the house to keep myself busy. Looking to fix a couple of chairs where they are coming off from the back slowly. Any hints, tips or vids i can see to try and fix them?

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I think you might need allen key to tighten the srcew?
I have similar chair, but I don't know if that's the same.
You’ll need to establish how the chair back / legs were fixed to the seat. I’d imagine the fixings are hidden behind whatever covering is on the underneath of the seat area. Once you’ve established that then you could start to consider how to repair them.

The underneath is likely just a black cloth which has been stapled in place. If you carefully remove the rear section of it, then you should be able to access where the fixings are and see what they look like. Post up some pics and I’m sure someone on here could advise.
Edited by: "Diggsy" 2nd Apr
Turn the chair upright. Peel back the Velcro on the black fabric to expose the screws/ bolts which will possibly require an Allen key to tighten
If it's happening on multiple chairs then it's likely a design flaw and a lasting fix is unlikely to be as simple as tightening a screw. You'd need to try and see what materials are being used structurally (wood, chipboard, metal etc.) and which part has failed so you can make a stronger fastening between them.
Thanks for the replies guys. Sorry, should have been clearer in my post. The wood is basically coming away from the joints. It's happening on the chairs that have been used the most. Hopefully the vid in the link shows a better view of how they are put together. Wondering if any strong wood glue or some brackets might be able to hold it back together.

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sir78602/04/2020 15:23

Thanks for the replies guys. Sorry, should have been clearer in my post. …Thanks for the replies guys. Sorry, should have been clearer in my post. The wood is basically coming away from the joints. It's happening on the chairs that have been used the most. Hopefully the vid in the link shows a better view of how they are put together. Wondering if any strong wood glue or some brackets might be able to hold it back together. Video


Still looks like the 5 bolts have worked themselves loose to me. Have you tightened them all up fully?
chocci02/04/2020 15:42

Still looks like the 5 bolts have worked themselves loose to me. Have you …Still looks like the 5 bolts have worked themselves loose to me. Have you tightened them all up fully?


Yeah they are tight and are tightened periodicly. They're the only thing keeping it together now.
sir78602/04/2020 15:44

Yeah they are tight and are tightened periodicly. They're the only thing …Yeah they are tight and are tightened periodicly. They're the only thing keeping it together now.


I would try angle brackets


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I’d be tempted to try an expanding glue to start with, not sure how you could clamp it though. A few screws through the corner braces might also help.

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Looks like someone has been having fun on the chairs , look like there’s been some serious motion placed upon them
Looking at your video, it’s not a simple fix at all! The wood holding the legs / back to the seat has split. As suggested, you could try glue, although I wouldn’t be 100% confident that would be strong enough. If you’re going down that route, would try on one chair first and see how it goes. Might be the case that you need to replace parts of the wooden framework
Diggsy02/04/2020 16:40

Looking at your video, it’s not a simple fix at all! The wood holding the l …Looking at your video, it’s not a simple fix at all! The wood holding the legs / back to the seat has split. As suggested, you could try glue, although I wouldn’t be 100% confident that would be strong enough. If you’re going down that route, would try on one chair first and see how it goes. Might be the case that you need to replace parts of the wooden framework


Thanks, yeah on closer examination the wood has split. I might try the glue or see if i can find a woodwork specialist close by once we’re back to normality.
sir78602/04/2020 16:49

Thanks, yeah on closer examination the wood has split. I might try the …Thanks, yeah on closer examination the wood has split. I might try the glue or see if i can find a woodwork specialist close by once we’re back to normality.


No worries. If they were my chairs, bearing in mind the pressure applied to them when someone sits on them, I’d go down the correct woodworking route. I seriously doubt that glue would give a strong enough repair.

The woodworking would likely involve removing at least part of the covering to allow proper access to the frame, which would in turn need either strengthened or replaced. Can certainly be done though.
You could try gluing the splinters back together, but as it's the wood that's let go rather than the original glue it's not likely to hold out any better.

I would undo and remove the bolts, that should allow you to remove the back of the chair and let you to examine the other side of the broken piece of wood.

You probably need to do some light redesign. Perhaps an extra piece of wood screwed into the top of the broken bit (bottom when upright) and the corner braces.
If you're going to glue it use a methylmethacrylate glue - this stuff is used on airplanes, so will hold a chair up. You will need some sizeable clamps to keep the joints tight and secure whilst the glue sets (can get a quick cure which will set in a few minutes).
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