Make necessary repairs to antique wooden chairs with these step-by-step instructions for dismantling and reassembling chairs.
By Jeff Jewitt
Old furniture, whether a family heirloom or consignment shop find, is often better made than anything you can buy today. Transform your old or new-to-you furniture into beautiful, functional pieces with Refinishing Furniture Made Simple (The Taunton Press, 2012) by Jeff Jewitt. The following excerpt will teach you how to take apart and reassemble a mortise-and-tenon constructed chair.
This wobbly, old chair was made using mortise-and-tenon construction. There were nails in almost every joint. Always look for hidden nails if a joint doesn’t come apart easily, otherwise you’ll damage the piece even further.
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