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Keeping Chair Legs from Splitting

Question:  I have six reproduction comb back Windsors in my kitchen which has a ceramic tile floor and I am concerned that the legs of the chairs may split if they are moved abruptly on the hard surface. Does anyone have advice as to how I may protect my chairs. SB 11/13/98

Reply: If the legs are made properly, it is my opinion that, you don't need to do anything. Pick up a chair, turn it over and inspect the very bottom of the leg. It should be rounded on the sides before it flattens out on top and may show some chisel marks on the rounded area. In other words there should be a radius from the side to the bottom of the leg, not a 90 degree angle. The radius should be between 1/8 and 1/4 inch long. This was done so that the legs would not split when moved abruptly on your floor. If that was not done, I recommend that you find a chairmaker in your area to inspect the chairs. WKG 11/14/98

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