Once I had all the fabric and stuffing off the chair I had a more clear idea of exactly what needed repair and how I would make those repairs. The first thing to take care of was the break in the decorative wood. That repair would require that the chair remain untouched for several hours while the two part epoxy cured. Lucky for me the break in the wood was pretty clean so there wasn’t much to do other than add the epoxy, secure the piece with a couple of brad nails, and set it aside to cure.
Next were the loose joints at the rear legs where the legs passed through the bottom rails. I decided to drill holes at each joint and glue in a a 3/8″ dowel to secure them. I pre-drilled the holes with a 3/16″ drill bit and then switched to a 3/8″ bit. If I had just started drilling with a 3/8″ bit I would have risked splitting the wood.
Moving on to the joint where the front bottom rail meets the front legs I had the same problem. Two more dowels and a bit of glue and we are all set. A little further up the chair where the arms met the back and the front legs we installed more dowels.
Once all the glue had dried I used my fine cut double pull saw to cut off all the dowel ends eliminating any lumps under the padding that might have been created by them.