Chair back is very loose, can't seem to tighten the screws enough !

Carolyn Hoxton
by Carolyn Hoxton
I bought my parent's wooden oak table and chairs at their auction, and the backs are very loose, tightening the screws haven't helped, anyone have any good ideas? My son said they make something you can use, like a wood glue, but he didn't tell me the exact name, thanks.
  7 answers
  • When you re-glue a wooden chair (or any piece of furniture), you need to take it apart where it is loose and sand the ends to rid of any glue. then buy a good wood glue (Gorilla glue has a wood glue now) and glue the piece together and then screw back together and clamp for at least 24 hours to dry and harden. You have to get any glue residue off the pieces you wish to glue back together-that is key. Good luck.
  • Carolyn Hoxton Carolyn Hoxton on Jan 26, 2014
    Thanks, not sure I am strong enough to take it apart, may wait for my son. I haven't tried to pull them out of the holes, though. There are 7 rungs to it.
  • If there are screws holding the chair together, try filling the screw holes with a toothpick. Simply push it in, break it off and replace the screw. This will make the hole small enough so the screw will hold.
  • Carolyn Hoxton Carolyn Hoxton on Jan 27, 2014
    Thanks, I will try it.
  • LD Pyror LD Pyror on Jan 29, 2014
    Kreg pocket hole jig is the best fix in my experience. Can purchase at Lowes or Home Depot. Using the jig & pocket hole screws you get a very tight joint. The micro jig may be your best choice.
  • Carolyn Hoxton Carolyn Hoxton on Jan 29, 2014
    I will have to check this out, have no idea what this is, I know what a jig saw is, but not a Kreg Pocket hole jig, will ask my son, he's pretty handy. I appreciate your help, thanks
  • Carolyn Hoxton Carolyn Hoxton on Feb 02, 2014
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.