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How To Repair A Broken Chair Leg Or Table Leg – DIY Furniture Repair & Restoration

Rod Keyser demonstrates how to fix a lateral or horizonal break on a furniture leg. This DIY technique applies to broken chair legs, broken table legs or broken bench legs and this technique doesn’t require clamps. Lateral breaks on furniture legs are often considered unrepairable, but Rod will demonstrate that’s all we need is the right approach and the correct basic tools and products. See links below for discount codes and products used in this video.

Products Used In This Video:

Starbond Instant Adhesive (CA Glue) **** Use Discount code TRS10 on below link for %10 off all StarBond Glues **** https://bit.ly/3AqjMeq

7″ Japanese Pull Saw – https://amzn.to/2VkIBFs

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Titebond Wood Glue – https://amzn.to/3ls6Dcb

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  1. Thank you…I have an end table leg to repair…this video really helped me fill the gaps on what I need to make it look good

  2. Let me clear up a few comments for those uncertain of the Dowel method. " In this case", the dowel is not being used as the main source of strength. I was very happy with the surface to surface wood contact and allowed the glue to do what glue does. To this day it has not failed, but there are situations that a larger dowel would have been a better choice and OBVIOUSLY a new leg would be ideal, however this bench was not valuable and from a cost perspective a new leg was not an option because we run an actual for profit restoration business. Its also called a DIY repair in the title, with the objective being to show a method achievable by an average person with average hand tools and skills. Thank you for watching !

  3. Very cool video! This is exactly what I had in mind and had already bought the wooden dowel but wanted to see if someone else had done it first. You gave me some good ideas and now I'm confident I can get the job done. Thanks!

  4. My wife has an old teacher’s desk, extremely well built and heavy. The problem is that our doorway is too tight to get it in her office. Im looking for ideas to possibly cut the legs off and reassemble them once in the office. I have a good idea how, now that I’ve seen your video. If you, or anyone else has some ideas, I’d love to read them. Thanks!

  5. Thanks! I have a broken leg on my vanity/desk and needed this. You made it accessible for people who are not that experienced. ❤❤❤

  6. One tip. Instead of using a wood dowel, use an old drill bit. It will never break again. Any 1/2 assed handy man has old shot ones lying around

  7. I love it and good job bro

  8. Good stuff, great technique, and very informative. Thank you!

    Two things for your viewers:
    1. CA glue vs Super Glue is not a thing. Super Glue IS a CA glue.
    2. Hacksaw blades are a ton cheaper than a Japanese pull saw, and for something as small as a 3/8" dowel it only takes 5-10 seconds for the flush cut.

    "SuperGlue" is a trademarked name of one of the many cyanoacrylate glues. So, yes, Super Glue is a CA glue. Not all CA glues are Super Glues. CAs in the super glue family require moisture to activate, and even that found in the air works. Gorilla brand super glue does not need that moisture content. There are also materials that don't work well, like polyethelene, as well as anything porous. While wood glue will fill holes and make strong joints, CAs do not, and if you pool a bunch of it, that joint will be brittle.

    Why is this important or why do we care? The purpose of an adhesive is to bond two materials. If water content is present then TightBond III is better than TightBond II, and Super Glue will be more effective than Gorilla brand. Just as you choose the right tools, such as the Japanese pull-saw, it's important to use the "right adhesive" so that you'll have a reasonable working time, a reasonable curing time, and it won't yellow with age and fall apart years later.

    FYI any flush-cut saw will work, either pull or push saw. If you don't have one handy, a $3 hacksaw blade (outside of the hacksaw frame) will work perfectly. Oscillating "multitools" work … but the chances for taking out too much material to make the re-fit work isn't worth that kind of trouble. If you prefer to pull the saw, orient the blade for pulling. If you prefer pushing, do the opposite. If you want both ways get a metal blade with triangular teeth and push and pull it 🙂

    This was a really enjoyable video to watch. It took a painful image of a broken leg into a smooth reflective stronger leg at the end. Thank you again!!

  9. Very informative, thank you! I noticed you did not use the spray lacquer over the whole piece. Have you found that this has not caused an uneven appearance in the finished piece? Not having to spray the whole piece, especially if it's a large piece, would certainly save time and effort.

  10. This Video is very methodical, and easy to accomplish for a normal human being. Thank you

  11. What do you recommend when it’s not a clean break? The leg does not line up perfectly if you were to put it back on – use wood filler?

  12. Pretty work! Now how do you repair an end table leg that is broken where it attached to the skirt…and not a smooth brake in a seam?

  13. Great video and good advice! Repairing broken furniture legs is particularly challenging because of the stress and weight placed on many legs. I am in the process of repairing two broken legs on separate projects — this video is helping to bolster my knowledge of the repairs!

  14. Awesome teaching; thanks.

    I have a dresser that has a decorative foot sawed off. I would like to duplicate the remaining foot but do not know how to make a mold in reverse?

  15. Thank you so much for this! Very clear – learned a lot. I never knew about scoring a dowel and didn't know about Get stain. THANKS

  16. I like how you do all this without a huge shop with tens of thousands of $ of hi-tech machinery.
    I've been in these spaces; you've shown me some very 'smart' ways of fixing common problems (with Windsor-style chairs). This should allow me to fix chairs that I previously viewed as skip-fodder. But quickly and properly…
    Therin lies the cost-effectiveness conundrum of restoration – old pub chairs (my arena) which are probably technically antiques but in practice are probably 3rd generation auction mixed-lot-fodder.
    Love fixing them up though. Learn loads. Massively satisfying.
    Beer is a lot cheaper on the days I take the finished items back!
    it'll never be a business, but it's satisfying and keeps me plugged in to the local community…

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