How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you have a wobbly chair or table? Don’t throw it away because today I’ll show you How to Fix that Wobbly Chair or Table!

How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

You’ll only need a few supplies for this project and it won’t take you very long, so let’s get fixing!

Materials:

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How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

Optional:

Instructions:

Take apart your chair or table. Twist the legs to break any remaining glue.

How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

As you remove each piece, label where it came from (i.e. BR = Back Right, FR = Front Right, etc.)

How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

Continue until all the legs and cross pieces have been removed.

How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

Use a small chisel to chip out any old glue.

How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

Use the Dremel to clean out all the holes and smooth the surface. (It’s important to expose the raw wood before re-gluing.)

How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

Sand the ends of the legs to remove any additional glue.

How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

If you don’t have a Dremel, you can use sand paper.

How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

Wipe off any sanding dust. Add a generous amount of glue to all the holes. (You eagle eye, you! Yes, I painted the table before putting it back together. But, it’s the same table, honest!)

How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

Press the legs and supports back into place.

How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

You might need to gently tap any stubborn pieces in with a hammer.

How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

Wipe off any excess glue.

How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

Make sure all the legs are perfectly plumb and all the pieces are where you want them. Use rope to “clamp” the table and hold it in place while the glue dries.

How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

After the glue dries test to make sure it is sturdy. If there is any movement, you can drive screws into the joints to help secure the legs better. Position the screws underneath or on the inside so they won’t be as visible.

Enjoy your sturdy chair and/or table! It wasn’t that hard to fix that wobbly chair or table was it?

How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

That’s what I thought! Enjoy.

How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

Be sure to pin this post. All wobbly chairs and tables deserve a second chance!

How to Fix a Wobbly Chair or Side Table | Pretty Handy Girl

Like this tutorial? You’ll get a kick out of how I saved this broken chair that was rescued from the trash:

Rescued Trash Chair

Have a great weekend.

9 replies
  1. Barb
    Barb says:

    I had to chuckle since I have seen that exact table multiple times (even though we are so far apart) and each time it’s wobbly! Nice explanation. I like ‘No more nails’…

    Reply
  2. Nanci
    Nanci says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I’m wonder g why you used liquid nails rather than carpenter’s wood glue. That’s what my dad always used and he was a carpenter, cabinet maker.

    Reply

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