Asked on Oct 16, 2019

How can I repair this oak spindle?

ShannonAgnes ChrzanowskaWilliam
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Child did this swinging on the bannister..or maybe it was a tantrum lol.

9 answers
  • Jodi Murray Hendon
    on Oct 16, 2019

    Shark Tank had a product called Fiber Fix a few years ago. You might Google or youtube that to see if it might help you. It might be available at hardware stores or Bed, Bath & Beyond.

    • Shannon
      on Oct 16, 2019

      I didn’t know about fibre fix and I’m glad you told me about it. I’ll use that on another repair problem I have as the fibre fix shows.

  • Sharon
    on Oct 16, 2019

    Since it broke at the joint, I would drill out the broken dowel, and then replace it with a new dowel from the hardware store and glue in place with carpenter's glue. Should be good as new.

  • Shannon
    on Oct 16, 2019

    Very good idea. Thanks

  • William
    on Oct 16, 2019

    You don't show the top. As it sits, squeeze some wood into the cracked joint. Straighten the spindle, wipe off any squeeze out, and tape the joint with blue painters tape. Apply some glue to the top and put back where it fits. Drill a 1/8" hole at an angle in the top and rail. Drive a long finish nail so it goes into the spindle top and rail. Adjust the spindle so it's straight and adjust the tape tightly if needed. If you can find a replacement would be easier to replace. Home Depot or Menard's.

    • Shannon
      on Oct 16, 2019

      That sounds great, but at this point, as I try gently to straighten the spindle out, it just won’t budge.

  • Dee
    on Oct 16, 2019

    Try gorilla glue or Loctite Power grab, those glues hold anything together.

  • William
    on Oct 16, 2019

    It looks like the break is 3/4 through and there is a vertical split. Make sure the top is not connected. It may be preventing movement. With the top free you should be able to close the joint and straighten it.

    • Shannon
      on Oct 16, 2019

      It’s bent from the top too. I’m going to look more closely at the top. Thanks.

  • William
    on Oct 16, 2019

    That is probably what is preventing it to straighten. It's wedged out of place when it broke. There may be one or two nails holding it at the top. Usually the bottom is doweled and slips into a hole in the step and the top fits in a channel and toe nailed in place. Either remove or cut the nails to loosen the top.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska
    on Oct 17, 2019

    I would try gorilla glue - good carpenters glue

  • Shannon
    on Oct 17, 2019

    My last step. Thank

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