This picture is the caption for a youtube video and the link for that video doesn't matter.My chair at home looks similar in its problem and I'm not going to give you photos of my furniture. I can't do the stuff shown in the video because I dont' have saws and powertools.

I can't screw the leg back in.

My idea is to use hot glue gun but I don't know how strong the hot glue would be to make a chair that is useable, not just a model replica of a chair.

Would a hot glue gun work? What are other cheap non-powertool alternatives?

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    Hot glue will not work; it is simply not strong enough. I do not think any glue will substitute for the steel studs. Glue could give way at any time and dump the occupant onto the floor. I assume that there were steel studs in the leg and that these went through holes in a steel plate that is at 45 deg to the chair elements. Is this right? Do you still have those steel pieces? Jul 28, 2019 at 19:30
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    Why cant you screw the leg back in ?? More info is needed if you want help.
    – Alaska Man
    Jul 28, 2019 at 19:32

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Hot glue is not a particularly strong adhesive for situations which require this sort of bonding. Conventional liquid wood glue is much stronger and will be easier to apply as well.

Ideally, you should have a clean face on the broken part as well as on the chair section to which it will bond. This means remove any loose splinters from the faces. You will also get much better results if you have a method to clamp or otherwise force one face into the other. Even simple masking tape is better than nothing, but stronger tape will give better results. A genuine wood clamp is ideal, but costs money.

If you can position the chair in such a way as to coat the surface of the break with wood glue, then place the leg on that surface and load it with weight, you'll do as well as a clamp, if you get sufficient weight concentrated on the joint.

Because chair legs are subjected to lateral forces, even repairing the joint with glue will not hold over time, unless you are extremely careful with movement of the chair while sitting.

You can see the screw holes in the caption image. The screws provide the mechanical strength and the glue reduces/removes the movement that might otherwise loosen the screws.

If you are able to install screws through the joint you've glued and into the chair, you'll improve your chance of having a strong bond that will last.

Without photos of your break, this is guesswork. If you are able to take a photo, simply focus only on the damaged area or crop out any background you wish to not be displayed.

  • You can compress the glued joint with a couple of protectors and some tough string or rope to bind it together...
    – Solar Mike
    Jul 28, 2019 at 19:41

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