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Suggestions on how I can fix leg that broke off a stool

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Suggestions on how I can fix leg that broke off a stool

Hey everyone.

I have this stool where one of the legs broke off. My wife said to just throw it away but I thought it could be salvaged with a little bit of work. It looks like the leg just broke off over time, 3 years old and only used by our kids to sit on while they put on their shoes. As you can see from the pics the wood just gave in, and the screw on leg came off. Can I use some product to fill in the hole to the point where it's strong enough to screw the leg back in? First thing that I thought of was maybe some kind of rubber cement that I used back when I was a kid 30 years ago. Something like that, not exactly rubber cement, but something I can fill it with that's strong enough to hold a screw on leg.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
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Not to be a Debbie Downer, but I think it’s pooched.
You can fill the hole back in with some type of material and may be able to drill and screw it back on, but you won’t have much bonding property with this same material and the frame of the stool. I think you may need to rip the cloth on the underside back, gorilla glue, drill, screw and clamp on a new piece of wood under there, that you can eventually screw the leg into. And based on the design of the stool, you may need to deal with some precise angle the leg needs to sit
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Your best bet is to remove the cushion and covering and repair/replace the wood base itself. You can use a staple gun to secure the cushion and covering back onto the new piece. That particular piece you call a screw is actually a bolt and the piece that secured the bolt is a T-nut. This would actually be a very good DIY project to start to learn.

Here are some T-Nuts: https://www.homedepot.ca/search?q=t%20nuts#!q=t%20nuts
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For safety, your wife is right. Throw it away, don't waste time and efforts fixing it.
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Easy to repair. Just add another layer of 3/4" plywood to the underside of the stool and attach the legs to the new base. Yes you could take the upholstery off, rebuild the base and put it back together, but the simple way is to just slap a new base under the existing.

Or, reposition all the legs so you can use undamaged areas of the base for the legs. Depends on the shape of the footstool. Let's see a larger pic.
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teoconca wrote: For safety, your wife is right. Throw it away, don't waste time and efforts fixing it.
Safety? They're not standing on top of a 6 foot high stool to change light bulbs. This thing sits 8 inches off the ground.
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torontotim wrote: Safety? They're not standing on top of a 6 foot high stool to change light bulbs. This thing sits 8 inches off the ground.
Yeah, nobody know what will happen. People may stand it, thinking it's safe; including kids, the leg can break again. Be safe than sorry! :(
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torontotim wrote:
Safety? They're not standing on top of a 6 foot high stool to change light bulbs. This thing sits 8 inches off the ground.
lol precisely

If it was just a regular stool I'd just toss it and buy a new one, but I have two of these, one elephant and a rhyno.
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You could just remove all the legs and put some big felt pads on the plywood base. Or some simple wood blocks as legs instead of the threaded-in tapered legs.

But for that I'd cut a new piece of plywood and install the legs on that. You could wrap the plywood with black fabric to make it look original. You might even want new taller legs if the kids are growing.

Four of these

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/alexan ... 1000142674

And four of these

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/alexan ... 1000142636

Lots of options

https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/catego ... -legs.html
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torontotim wrote: You could just remove all the legs and put some big felt pads on the plywood base. Or some simple wood blocks as legs instead of the threaded-in tapered legs.

But for that I'd cut a new piece of plywood and install the legs on that. You could wrap the plywood with black fabric to make it look original. You might even want new taller legs if the kids are growing.

Four of these

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/alexan ... 1000142674

And four of these

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/alexan ... 1000142636

Lots of options

https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/catego ... -legs.html
Yeah this is what I thought about doing. Thanks.
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Degener8 wrote: lol precisely

If it was just a regular stool I'd just toss it and buy a new one, but I have two of these, one elephant and a rhyno.
Well that's different. Elephants are endangered, you have to save it! Plus it's more of a decorative thing rather than a $10 Ikea stool so I'd at least try.

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