Repairing the Leg on a Chair?

Repairing the Leg on a ChairI have a large stuffed leather chair whose leg was wobbly, then came off. I am trying to put it back on.

Upon inspection the leg has no bolt or screw. The leg post extends 3-4" into a square hole in the wood of the chair frame and half of the post is cut away. Evidently the makers cut away half of the post, then inserted it into the hole and screwed 4 screws into the post, 2 from one direction and 2 at 90 degrees from the first direction. The leg failed because the 4 screws did not actually enter the leg post; they went in the space between the post and the chair frame wood.


How can this be fixed? Thanks.

Repairing the Leg on a Chair - closeup of chair leg

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October 20, 20171 found this helpful

To repair your leg on your chair.

  1. You basically will put the leg back on the chair like the manufacture did.
  2. Inset the leg into the chair.
  3. Before you do this remove the other bolts from the chair first.
  4. See how long the screws are. You are going to need new screws that are twice this size.
  5. You can measure the screws and the wood and make sure the screws you buy will go into the wood of the chair at least 1/2 through the wood.
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  7. Now use your electric drill and the same holes that are already there and put the new screws into the wood.
  8. I would buy enough screws to replace all the existing screws in your chair.
  9. If these screws are too short then the rest of them will be the same.
  10. It is better to secure all the legs at once to make sure another one doesn't fall off and the wood doesn't spllt on the leg like it has in your image.
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October 23, 20170 found this helpful

Repair chair leg.

Step 1
You can repair it using a dowel screw.

Step 2
Here is the link to a step by step video.

Step 3

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