Monday, October 3, 2016

A Sweeping Temporary Repair

My super glue repair job lasted until last night.

Super glue didn't hold
Pretty ugly.
I might have an appropriate stick of pear left in Germany, I don't know. In the meantime, I still would like to sit in the chair.

What I did notice is that in Spain all of the tool handles you could imagine are made in Brazil with mango wood.

Same with broom handles. Perfect, at 1 Euro 20 each.
Look! Table legs!
I sifted through a batch of about 25 broom handles and found three that had pretty straight grain and weren't warped like a pool cue at the 17 Club. I'm not sure what I'll do with them, but I bought them all.

Three minutes worth of work (most of which was getting the plastic threads off), and I have an ugly, but functional stretcher!
Perfect fit!
Except this dowel isn't quite as big as the previous occupant of this space.
This one sticks out a little farther.
It isn't a perfect match, but the chair will work until I can get a more better idea to fixipate this chair.
Now I can watch CSI New York in peace.

12 comments:

  1. If you are like me, that temporary fix will turn into a multi-year fixish or maybe not. Still, it is nice to be pointed toward a new source of premium dowels...

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    1. No! I'm offended! How could you think this would take longer than I say?

      😀

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  2. .... because September is as long as June? :-)
    I like that new word, "fixipate"
    Good emergency repair Adapt and overcome...

    Bob and Rudy on their way back home slowly

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    1. Haha! Thanks for the comment, Robert!

      What goes better with "more better" than fixipate?

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  3. Great job.
    Is CSI dubbed for a Spanish audience?

    Cheers
    Jonas

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    1. Yes it is, but in Spain you can also revert to the original language. Eventually watching it in Spanish should help my learning, but I'm not ready for that, yet.

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  4. I hope you didn't go heels over head when you found out the first fix didn't last. It's funny how in other countries some woods are used for mundane things (like pallets or broomsticks) when in America we might see those same woods as expensive exotic hardwoods.

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    1. I have to admit, it is a rather plain wood. However, it is an upgrade from a pine broom handle, in my opinion.

      I sat in the broken chair with my super glued repair for several days. Funny enough, it gave way while I was sitting on the couch and I put my feet up on the Roorkee like it was an ottoman. This must have been just enough sideways pressure, as it completely failed. It was kind of funny. Those tapered mortices tighten up when you sit in it.

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  5. Good solution. It is sometimes amazing where you may find usable material. You just have to keep your eyes open. At the local Borg, broom handles range from SYP to some sort of tropical wood labeled "rubber" wood. Another place to turn up decent material is in the stair building section. Some shipments are laminated junk. Other shipments contain wide clear stock of SYP and red oak. Same with the common shelving. Some shipments are pure junk, some are a gold mine.

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    1. Hi Greg! Good idea. The last time I was at the Borg here, all of the construction lumber was junk. Weirdly, their plastic wrapped laminated pine boards were really nice. That's what I'm making the school box from. You really never know where you can find good lumber. Thanks for the tip!

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  6. A little duct tape will tighten up that loose tenon. Plop on!

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