How do I repair one of the rocker rungs on my grandmothers rocker?

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One of the rungs (rocker bottom) has split and I need to repair it.
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  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 04, 2016
    when you say rung - do you mean support bar? and split as in big crack ? or split in half ie in 2 pieces? clean the pieces with rubbing alcohol - it wont cause the wood to swell up. find a clamp that will stay on the pieces. use wood glue, not elmers white stuff- and a small paint brush to paint glue into the split- or some times you can find the wood glue in a syringe type applicator. don't go overboard w/ glue. it won't take a stain or varnish if it leaks out. clamp pieces together. if glue bubbles out..just let it dry. when dry trim off excess. or sand.

  • Jean Schmidt Tieche Jean Schmidt Tieche on Mar 04, 2016
    I had the same issue and tried several things, ie., glue/clamp, metal brace, and finally ordered a pair of new rockers and stained them to match. My other ideas were just temporary fixes that didn't last through normal use.

  • Ranger Ranger on Mar 05, 2016
    A picture would help... :)

  • Suzanne jones Suzanne jones on Mar 05, 2016
    It depend on the size of your rung to some extent. I would remove it, buy a dowel rod of the same width or circumference as the former. If your rung is not the same width the whole length, it would get tricky because because you would need to sand the dowel to somewhat to match the look the original. Then, paint or stain it to match your walker. A bit of work, I know, but you would get to keep your rocker. And, this would last. (to remove the old rung, saw it in half, and loosen each end and pull it out.) My husband just told me that you can buy "turned rungs" at the local home fix it store. A turned rung would be already sanded and turned to look like your original rung. It does not need to match the other rungs exactly. No one is going to lay on the floor and scrutinize the rungs on your rockers.

  • Ajc Ajc on Mar 05, 2016
    If the rocker rung meets and fits tight: clean and wipe with a damp cloth, so the glue will soak in, put glue on both pieces, pinch together and wipe off excess glue. Hold and wrap tight, one around with masking tape (blue painters take works best for me) in 24 hours carefully unwrap, let stand. Drill a hole perpendicular to the break large enough for a wooden shish kabob skewer or small wooden dowel. wipe glue on the skewer and push into hole. Let it sit for 24 hours. Cut off excess wood, sand and finish. I used only glue 3 times with continued breaks. The wood cross piece sealed and strengthen the rung for good! BEst of luck!!!

  • Juli Juli on Mar 05, 2016
    No no no, rockers on a chair Cannot be re-glued even with a dowel! Use broken rocker as a template. Keep in mind you will need wood as long AND deep as the curve. A 2" piece that large can be VERY expensive .Alternative method: Two pieces on 1" thick can be glued and clamped together to make a 2" thick board as long as the chair leg end dowel hole that would need to be drilled into is no more than 3/4. Cut new rocker shape on band saw, drill two holes to fit chair in exact same position to fit. : Use the hardest wood possible, oak is best but with the laminated process another type would work.

    • Ajc Ajc on Mar 06, 2016
      @Juli I believe she is talking about the rung, NOT the rocker.