I got an interesting job this week. A lady calls and says she has two bentwood chairs with some loose joints, and will I glue them back together. Well, I’m thinking a cafe chair with cane seat & steam bent back & legs so I say “Sure”
What she brings me is this:
It’s bent wood alright! There’s not a single joint or fastener on the chair. Everything is held together by glue alone. One chair has 14 failed glue joints, the other only 2. Glue used is called “thermoset assembly adhesive”– probably a Polyurathane Reactive glue or PUR but I don’t really know. these glue applicators run from $125 to $450.
After researching the chair (it retails for $4700) I’m not sure I want to do it. But she’s game for me using regular glue. we’ll see what happens.