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Chair Repair DIY

Many furniture pieces tend to fall apart over time. This is especially common of antiques or any furniture which may bear the brunt of weight, such as chairs. This may be particularly true of chairs with backrests made of dowels. Certainly, when it comes to antiques, the goal is to maintain the unique, aged piece for as long as possible. And as it pertains to more modern day styles of furniture, the goal is to maintain each piece for as long as the style remains chic and to the owner’s liking, as well as to maintain it for as long as possible in order to conserve economically. Should mishaps happen to a chair’s backrest, however, you may be able to salvage it by replacing the wooden dowels on your own.

Start by removing the weakened or broken dowel. If the dowel doesn’t come loose on its own, you may have to use pliers, a claw hammer, or even a drill to loosen it, depending upon the original design and method used to secure the dowel. This will need to be done for the joints at both the top and the bottom of the backrest.

Next, remove any residual of the original glue that remains in the dowel joint. You can use rubbing alcohol or a water and vinegar mixture to soften the remaining glue. If the dowel joint is large enough to allow it, use a cloth to remove the residual glue by wiping it away. If the dowel joint is too small to allow that, however, you may use a drill with a small 1/8 drill bit to gently drill away the residual glue. As with removing the dowel, this will have to be done on both the top and the bottom of the backrest, anywhere wood glue residual is observed.

Use the dowel you’ve removed to gauge the approximate width and length of the wood dowel you will need to replace it. Depending upon any breaks or other defects, this may not provide an exact measurement, but can certainly assist in a useful estimation.

Once the replacement dowel is measured, cut, sanded, or any combination of these preparatory actions, apply wood glue on either end. Also, apply a nominal amount of wood glue into the joint in which the replacement dowel will be inserted.

Then, carefully insert the replacement dowel into the joint. Use a damp cloth to remove any excess wood glue that may spill over once the dowel is inserted. You may use a clamp to secure the replacement dowel until it dries completely.

Once the replacement dowel is completely dry, tested as secure, and the clamp removed, paint the new dowel with the same or a highly similar color as the remainder of the chair. If the chair is stained, stain the new dowel with the same or a highly similar finish.

With minimal investment, a hardwood dowel can be used to salvage your chairs and any number of other furniture pieces which might cost a considerable amount if replacements are purchased. A dowel’s versatility and a woodworker’s imagination can make so much using so little!

About the Author: Dave Murphy is the founder and president of Good Wood, Inc., which makes a high quality wood dowel and the best hardwood dowel on the market. They also create wooden balls, wood knobs, wooden toy parts, custom wood parts, and more. They offer safe wood finishing, wood turning and can import from off-shore when necessary. Visit http://www.goodwoodinc.com for all of your wood product needs.

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Crafting a Thread Spool Holder Using Dowel

Dowels are a useful tool for woodworking projects. But they are versatile enough to be used for other purposes, too. Together, this relatively inexpensive supply and your woodworking talent can be used to make projects that extend to other hobbies. For instance, consider using a dowel to craft a thread spool holder. Easy access to and storage for your threads is only a dowel rod and a few easy steps away from possible.

1. Using a dowel of 1/8 inch diameter and approximately 48 inches long, measure three inch lengths with a tape measure, carefully marking each section. Consider more or less dowel length depending upon the size of the spool holder you wish to make, the number of spool holders you wish to make, or the amount of thread you have to store.

2. Cut the sections using a saw.

3. Use sandpaper to carefully smooth the edges of each section cut.

4. Depending upon the number of dowel pegs you wish to use, approximate and secure the size of the wood that you will use as the holder’s base. Bear in mind that it is best to allow at least two inches between dowel pegs to accommodate various thread spool sizes, as well as to allow for a thickness that will accommodate the three inch dowel pegs, as they will be inserted into the base later in the project.

5. Prepare the wood for drilling by marking it where the dowel pegs will be inserted. Leave a one inch margin between the outer edges of the wood and the first mark of each row. Then, continue by marking the wood in two inch increments, side to side and front to back.

6. Using a 1/8 inch bit, drill a depth of about 3/4 inch into each mark made into the wood.

7. Drop some wood glue into each drilled hole.

8. Insert a single wood dowel peg into each hole, and allow some time for the glue to dry.

9. If you so desire, paint the thread spool holder to add color to it, or to complement a sewing or crafting room or space. If you choose to paint the thread spool holder, allow ample time for drying before placing spools of thread on the dowel pegs.

With a little imagination, the versatility of a quality hardwood dowel extends beyond the norm of woodworking projects and can be creatively used to simplify and organize within other hobbies as well.

About the Author: Dave Murphy is the founder and president of Good Wood, Inc., which makes a high quality wood dowel and the best hardwood dowel on the market. They also create wooden balls, wood knobs, wooden toy parts, custom wood parts, and more. They offer safe wood finishing, wood turning and can import from off-shore when necessary. Visit http://www.goodwoodinc.com for all of your wood product needs.

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Dowel Use for Closet Organization

Spring is just around the corner, and that means spring cleaning is, too! Frequently, closets are the catch-all for excess and general disorganization. Conveniently, they hide items from view, except to the one whose items are kept there. To them, the mere knowledge of a disorganized closet is often a source of frustration. Take control of your closet calamities! These are just a few ideas about how you can use perhaps the simplest of woodworking materials, a wooden dowel, to improve and better organize closets.

Carefully examine the articles of clothing, including shirts, blazers, pants, skirts, dresses, and jackets, and shoes within closets. Donate or give away clothing that no longer fits or clothing which hasn’t been worn in at least two years. This step alone will free up much needed closet space and will contribute to the overall organization of your closets.

Once some added space has been gained through purging, use basic woodworking skills and supplies to construct simple items to better organize your closets. For instance, construct a shoe rack to have a suitable place for shoe storage, creating both easy access and floor space in your closet.

Often times, there is considerable space between the bottom of hanging clothes and the closet floor. This is especially true of closets which may contain extra small adult clothing or clothing for young children. Take advantage of this extra space by mounting a sturdy wood dowel of appropriate length to the inner walls of the closet and instantly double your hanging capacity.

Depending upon the size of the closets you may be organizing, consider mounting several steadily supported dowel rods for extra storage. Make use of these dowels in a bedroom closet, and free up hangers for other use, by draping permanent press pants over them. Or, use them in a linen closet for additional storage of bath towels, hand towels or washcloths. Several smaller dowels may be mounted to hold lighter items, such as ties, belts or suspenders.

If your laundry room is small, perhaps not exceeding the dimensions of a small closet, consider using the space above your washer and dryer for additional storage. Add a hefty wood dowel for storage of hanging items which have recently been removed from the dryer or have been ironed. If space permits, consider using wood dowels to construct a simple, but useful drying rack for items which are damp or for delicates which require air drying.

In the absence of a filing cabinet or other commonly used filing system, paperwork sometimes spills over into closets. Consider adapting the storage shelves frequently found at the top of closets by using small wooden dowels. Depending upon the bulk of the files you will be storing, determine the appropriate dowel dimensions you will need, as well as the appropriate width between them. Then, align and secure two dowels depth-wise onto the closet shelf. File your important papers according to subject matter by using standard file folders, using the closet dowels as both file support and separators.

Finally, when your closet organization efforts are complete, consider using wooden dowels to replace outdated or damaged closet doors. Use fashionable drapes or a bulky material to accent room decor and also chicly disguise your closets or other storage spaces.

With a little ingenuity, there are many ways to organize your closets using hardwood dowel. Use this simple woodworking supply to transform and better organize your home.

About the Author: Dave Murphy is the founder and president of Good Wood, Inc., which makes a high quality wood dowel and the best hardwood dowel on the market. They also create wooden balls, wood knobs, wooden toy parts, custom wood parts, and more. They offer safe wood finishing, wood turning and can import from off-shore when necessary. Visit http://www.goodwoodinc.com for all of your wood product needs.

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