Upholstery 101 (week 2) (Day 5 of 31)

Welcome back to my upholstery project. This is also day 5 of the challenge. For a list of all 31 days, go here

Last week, we stripped the chair, this week we will evaluate the sturdiness of the chair

Here are the tools I used this week

Strapping, the kind used to hold down "stuff" (with a clamp attached), wood glue, and blue tape (also a rubber mallet)


This is where we left off

the chair is not sturdy, when I gently rock the frame...it wiggles. Joints are coming undone

You can also see where it needs to be glued

example, the right side looks good



the left side has obvious gaps


Here are my tips for gluing, do what works for you...

I like to put some glue on a piece of foil


using an old brush, apply the glue into all of the joints



make sure to apply plenty of glue

this is your chance, go for it


With a damp rag, wipe off the excess glue




Using a rubber mallet, or very gently with a hammer

 

gently "encourage" the pieces back together


you will know you are successful when excess glue is forced out of the joint


if necessary, use the clamp to hold the joint in place until the glue dries


when replacing broken off pieces, first chip off the old glue


apply glue to the joint



also apply glue to the piece

 make sure the piece has a tight fit squeezing out excess glue, wipe again



using the blue tape, hold the piece in place till dry


repeat the process on all joints needing reinforcement

let dry thoroughly before removing strapping

Tomorrow I will cover springs & strapping.....my chair is still drying, hope to see you then



1 comment:

rebecca @ older and wisor said...

Why would I have NEVER thought to use a paintbrush to get glue in joints?? I guess that's why you're the professional! You make it look so simple.

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