How to Repair Wooden Rocking Chairs

Wooden rocking chairs are often passed down as family heirlooms from one generation to the next.

Maintain your wooden rocking chair so that it can be passed on to future generations in your family.Maintain your wooden rocking chair so that it can be passed on to future generations in your family.
Over time the joints in wooden furniture become worn and loose. Whether your rocking chair is a cherished heirloom or a new addition to your furniture collection, it is important to make repairs to furniture joints as soon as a loose joint is detected. If left loose, it will weaken the overall structure of the chair and may lead to more serious damage.

Tap any loose joints on the rocking chair apart with a rubber mallet.

Sand both ends of the parts that form the joint with 80-grit sandpaper to remove any remaining glue on the wood.

Wet the joint ends of the parts with a wet rag. This will cause the wood to swell and fit tightly while you fit the parts together during the gluing process.

Apply wood glue to both ends of the parts that form joints. Insert the joints back together. Wipe off any excess glue with a cloth rag.

Clamp the repaired joints together with wood clamps. Allow the glue to dry at least 24 hours and remove the clamps.

Things You Will Need

  • Rubber mallet
  • 80-grit sandpaper
  • Wet rag
  • Wood glue
  • Wood clamps
  • Cloth rag

Tip

  • Inspect your rocking chair joints in the spring. Joints often dry out over the winter months due to indoor heating and dry air conditions, especially in colder climates.

Warning

  • Wear eye protection when sanding wood. Don't force joints apart. If the joint is loose but will not come apart, monitor it and make the repair once it becomes loose enough to tap apart.

About the Author

Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.