Repair Tips - Drawers, Doors, Upholstery, Chairs
|How to repair your furniture with quick
step by step instructions.
1) Drill a hold in the base of the knob.
2) Insert a half of a brad in the lower half of the hold
pointing out. This brad will go into the wood and prevent
the knob from turning.
Drawers that Stick
1) Take drawer out and let wood dry for several days.
2) Reseal all wood surfaces inside the drawer with a clear
polyurethane or if you have wheels spray your runners with
Pledge or other furniture polish
Drawer that wonít stay on the track.
1) Screw in a block of wood between the wall of the cupboard
and the track to prevent the wheels from slipping off the
Drawer keeps falling out.
1) Pound a nail partially into the back of the drawer so
that it will hit the edge before the drawer can fall out or
nail a piece of wood sticking up from the back of the
One side of the drawer scrapes when I open it.
1) Place a thumbtack onto the bottom of the frame on the
side where the drawer is worn to raise the drawer to the
Cabinet Door Repair
Sticking Cabinet Door
1) Feel the top/bottom of door to find any high spots and
sand or plan door so that it is level.
2) If the door is sticking because of loose hinges, take out
the pins and bend them slightly in the center to tighten the
Fixing a Tear in Your Upholstery
1) Put paper under the tear and trace it with a pencil.
2) Use the pattern to cut the replacement fabric.
3) Glue similar material underneath the rip and then glue
replacement fabric into area. Sewing can sometimes cause
upholstery tears to look worse so glue is a great
Chair Repair - Broken Leg
1) Glue and clamp leg back together.
2) Drill angled holes and glue dowels into them and trim the
1) Cut off the top of the spindle.
2) Drill a hole in the top of the spindle and insert a small
spring and a dowel.
3) Drill another hold in the top of the chair back.
4) Apply glue and let dowel spring into place and dry.
Solution 1: Take off rubber let tips and add washers inside
on shorter leg.
Solution 2: If they are wooden legs without rubber tips find
the short let by testing a thin wood block under each leg
until the chair doesnít rock. Trim the other three legs so
that each leg is the same length.
Loose Joint Repair
Solution 1: Glue and Clamp
Solution 2: Glue strips of thin cloth or wood around the
loose joint and glue.
Tips for Chair Repair
1) If you need to take a chair apart label each joint on the
leg and put alignment markings so that it will be easy to
put back together.
2) If you need to remove a leg. Use a rubber mallet, but
make sure the leg has support or it could break.
3) To remove old glue, brush some hot vinegar on the joints.
It will work within an hour and not take off any finish.
4) Use glue and dowels if needed instead of nails or screws.
If nails or screws are needed, only use them where they were
5) When gluing, be sure to remove all old glue so that new
glue will stick.
6) Make sure you are using wood glue.
7) Clamp parts you are gluing together to ensure a tight
gluing. If you donít have clamps tie rope or bungee cords
around chair tightly.
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