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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:26 am 
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Hi All...

One of my garden chairs has a rotten part, the rest is good....

i really haven't got a clue on how to go about repairing it... is anyone able to give me some advice please? see attached photos

thanks in advance! :)

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Sadly to do it right is beyond the skill level and tool availability of most DIY'rs as the correct way would be to replace the rotted bottom rail entirely. This would involve finding a similar hard wood, sizing and thicknessing the new rail and cutting a row of mortices for the back slats. Another way would be to splice in a section of rail but again you would need to carry out the same procedures above on a smaller scale.

This is probably the way to go in this instance so I would cut out the section of rotted wood but form a step, an off centred cut between front and back. This will give you somewhere to fix the inlet piece. You will need to chop out a couple of mortices for the slats and a pilot for the bolt fixing point. Much will depend on your tools, patience and motivation. Come back for more detail if you think this way is a goer.

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What DWD said really. I'd probably make a stepped scarf of some sort in the bottom rail, and let in a piece with a couple of mortices for the back slats, and a tenon / joint bolt hole on the end for the side joint.
If the chair is held together with bolts it'd make it easier. Can all be done with basic hand tools, tenon saw, plane, chisel and drill.


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thanks for the tips all! great info.... will give it a go :)


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