Do you like going bargain hunting in flea markets and find old antique furniture? They have really cool stuff if you look hard enough. You can find wonderful looking chairs in these places. Chairs with character and history that you cannot find anywhere else are available in these markets and state fairs. The only problem with antiques and history is that they are also old. You may find the perfect piece but then you get scared off by the condition of it.
One of the most common damages on old, antique chairs can be seen in the rungs. In most cases the rungs are loose or broken. This significantly decreases the value of the chair. In some people’s eyes a work of art turns into trash, but it can be a value waiting for you.
With these simple steps you will be able to repair broken chair rungs. You can turn a cheap, old chair into an expensive antique. With a little bit of work and by following these steps you can get your very own flea market find.
- Get the necessary material. Collect all the materials you will need. These materials include paper towels and newspapers to make sure your working area remains clean. You will also use several tools to make the chair work. Make sure you have a clamp, padding and wood glue.
- Protect your work area. Start by laying down the newspapers around your work area. Then place the chair lying down on the floor on top of the newspaper. If the rung is just loose and still connected to the chair, remove the rung and remove any excess glue. You can scrape the glue off or use solvent to remove the glue. Apply it using the damp paper towel.
- Apply the glue. Put glue at both the ends of the rung. Remember that the more glue you put on, the longer it will take to dry. However, the more glue you apply to the rung, the harder it will be when it dries up. Add some more glue on the holes of the chair legs. Stick the rung on the legs of the chair and proceed to the next step.
- Hold it together. Use the padding as if it were a towel to avoid marks where you place the clamp. Carefully place the clamps on the towels and slowly tighten the clamps to hold it together and apply pressure. Once you do this, some of the glue will spew out. This is good because it releases any air bubbles and strengthens the bond. Once the glue spews out, proceed to the next step.
- Clean off the excess glue. Once the clamp is secure, clean-off any excess glue using the paper towel. The glue may also drop onto the floor where you have the newspaper. Make sure the glue does not soak into the newspaper on the floor.
- Let it dry. This is the most important part of the process. If you use the chair before it dries, the rung will just get broken again and you will have to repeat the process. Leave the chair there for two to three days. When the glue is dry, the glue should look clear and the outside surface will be as hard as cement.
Now that you have a brand new antique in your hands, your chair will be the envy of the people around you. You also have a story behind it. You can tell everybody about the time you fixed up a chair all on your own. Not bad for a cheap piece of wood you found in the market.