Chair Repair

Right after oldest was born, my dear friends Curtis and Jessica, who were at that point married, gave us this rocking  chair as a baby gift. This was a gift that was not on the usual "what to give for a new baby" list, and was incredibly generous. Most of the baby gifts we received have long been out grown and passed on. 

This chair was for a long time the nicest piece of furniture in our living room. All three of our kids got nursed in this chair. All of our kids got comforted in this chair. This is the chair that is first chosen for watching TV.

Last night I noticed that one of the back legs had gotten disconnected from the rocker.  The rocker was no longer safe.

My husband scrawled " Do not sit on this chair." on a piece of paper and put the note on the seat.  I realized a long time ago that the fact that spouses do not react to a problem in exactly the same way does not mean that there is a problem in a marriage. We have guests coming for dinner tonight, a broken chair with a note on the seat is not a good solution to the problem.

My friends who gave me the chair are the sort of people who when they say "We renovated out kitchen." don't mean that they paid a crew to do the work. They are the people who did every scrap of work.

I did not grow up with very many of these fix-it skills but I learned a huge amount from hanging out with my friends. So perhaps inspired by them I set about figuring out how to repair the chair. I have some tools, but not a huge number of them.

So this is what I assembled to get the job done.
A wooden spoon to serve as a dowel. A rough sanding disc to sand the spoon handle down to the correct size, a hack saw to cut the spoon to the right length and a hammer to hammer my wooden spoon dowel  tightly into place.

The task was less time consuming than I would have thought.

The chair is now usable once again.

I am touched that I was able to repair this chair with gifts taught to me by Curtis and Jessica. My husband commented that he hoped that the chair lasted another 28 years,


  1. I love it that you used a tool from one of your own skill sets. This, I think, would make the chair even more valuable in your children's eyes!


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