How can I reattach my chair backs?
March 21, 2007 6:03 PM Subscribe
I need help fixing my retro dinette chairs. I can't reattach the chair backs because the screw holes are too big to hold the screws.
posted by rachelpapers to home & garden (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I recently purchased two chairs and a retro kitchen table. The set has a green cracked ice top, and the chairs are a nice shade of red vinyl. Everything looks really nice for its age. When I went to look at the set, the chair backs were not attached; the guy claimed that he'd taken them apart when he put them in his truck.
I took them home and got some screws and washers. Basically, the chair back should have four screws sticking out. On the seat part, there are two chrome tubes sticking up (that will support the back) that have two screw holes each. You squeeze the chrome tubes a little closer together, put the screw heads that are sticking out of the back of the chair back into them, let go of the chrome tubes, and the tension holds the screws tightly enough that the back is secured.
The problem is that whoever took the last screws out did not do so very carefully, and about half of the screw holes can no longer securely accommodate a screw. Does anyone know how to repair this sort of problem? The inside of the chair back is wood underneath the vinyl. I remember my father used to use Dap's Plastic Wood but I wondered if anyone had any other suggestions.
PS: please let me know if my description of the problem doesn't make sense, and I will post some pictures on flickr.