Fixing a chair stretcher with a complex dowel joint


Old 11-24-19, 06:40 PM
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Fixing a chair stretcher with a complex dowel joint

I'm new to this forum and this is my first post so bear with me.

I'm redoing a pair of old Mission Oak chairs. They're in pretty reasonable shape but I am a little stumped on something:

The lower chair stretchers go from front to back at about a 15 degree angle, ending in a round, dowel-like end which appears to have been carved from the square stock of the stretcher. On one of the chairs, the stretcher end has broken flush with the chair back. Pictures below of the same joint on both the good chair and the problem chair (quality is dubious but I think my intent is clear enough). The part which I can't figure out is, what is the best way to use the existing parts as much as possible while making a strong joint? It doesn't look to me like there is enough space on the stretcher to hollow out a space for a dowel while maintaining the integrity of the stretcher. Maybe a metal pin or screw?

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Old 11-24-19, 10:23 PM
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A screw and glue from opposite side would be about only option short of making a new part!
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