I have a chair that had it's back broken off (both stiles and two spindles, pic below). Everything broke just above the seat. It's no loss to us if it cannot be fixed, but I enjoy repairing things. Can this be fixed without replacing the stiles or spindles?
A major problem is one of the stiles is missing a piece (right side in pic). They were made with a slit at the bottom, wherein a wedge was inserted after the back was joined to the seat.
Here is what I've considered.
- Just glue everything. I know wood glue is really strong, but the joints will be under severe torque here, so I dislike this option.
- Glue the two spindles and one stile back together, drill down the center of each and glue an oak dowel in. I like this option because the oak will add support with some flexibility. The problem I see here is the spindles are only 1/2" diameter...so I cannot put a very big dowel in there (maybe 1/4" max?).
Regarding the stile with a missing piece: I don't know how to tackle that. Can I just cut the stile flush, glue a bit of dowel onto the end, drill out the middle and glue in a smaller dowel for additional support?