Criminal Chair Construction
The 'young adults' at Church had some new furniture purchased a year or so ago, something a little nicer than metal folding chairs because they are almost grown ups now.
One chair got a little wobbly, so naturally it became the fun chair to sit in... until it broke. It happens... I thought maybe it was just a loose bolt, since you could hear something loose under the upholstery, so I took it home for a quick fix.
After I removed the 9000 staples I realized that I have 5 more chair repairs coming in the near future. It was downright shameful how this chair was built.
The piece they decided to use to hold the chair back/back leg assembly to the seat is a 5/8" piece of waney stock, held on the ends by 2 drywall screws and 2 staples. This piece had split on the ends coming completely free.
I was able to salvage some oak pallet runners from the scrap bin and put in an oak 2 x 4 in place, with 4 2 1/2 inch wood screws (no staples) I was able to pull the threaded inserts out of the old pieces and put them in the new. Since the stock was so thick I had to counterbore to get them to sit down low enough.
So far, so good, (since I weigh a bunch more than most of those kids and it holds me!)
Reattaching the upholstery makes me very greatful for my cheap harbor freight air stapler!
It's unfortunate that you can't see how cheap some of this furniture is built underneath all that fancy fabric.