The college where I work has several of these wonderful Model 3107 plywood chairs designed by Arne Jacobsen. Our local symphony orchestra uses them when they perform in our campus theatre. When the chairs are not in use, they are usually stowed away for safekeeping. But recently, a few have somehow found their way into a classroom or two where they have come to a bad end. A couple of weeks ago I saw one broken in half and lying on a pile of trash bags. Well, I couldn't let it be tossed away, so I grabbed it to see if I could somehow save it.

Step 1: Assessing the Damage

I removed the frame from the seat of the chair. The tubular frame is attached to the chair seat with three screws and the screw plate is covered with a plastic cap. Easy stuff to do. The frame looked pretty good but as you can see the plywood edge is pretty ragged.

<p>Plywood might be able to be relaminated, say by taking a single ply of new wood and regluing, but I don't know if it would work. And for price of repair you could probably buy a new chair.</p><p>Good luck with your oroject.</p>
<p>Hi, Nice job. I am glad I found this job</p><p>I have chair like this one and the wood is damaged at the bend ....any suggestions on how to fix the wood so I can keep it as it is ? I appreciate any suggestions or help</p><p>See pictures</p>
<p>Nice work! </p>
beautiful job! thank you for saving the chair.that's recycling at it's best!
This chair looks fantastic--I wonder how someone managed to break that poor chair in half? Great instructable!<br />
Something catch my interest in this post, it was Arne. <br /> Just a beautiful work you&acute;ve done here to save this chair, go and look for a complete set of Arne Stools now.<br />
Nice job saving that chair. <br /> <br /> You can also use auto body filler, such as Bondo for repairs to wood that you are going to paint. It may even be less expensive than the plastic wood filler you used.<br />
Thanks!<br /> I&nbsp;had originally thought of using Bondo - <br /> If for some reason the wood filler looses its bond, I'll definitely try it.<br />
Nice! I like the &quot;smooth&quot; look of the chair.
&nbsp;You definitely did that beautiful chair justice! And the yellow color is perfect. :D
Thanks!<br /> I love the chair and I love the yellow color too.<br />
Good work!!<br />
This is a beautiful piece - congrats!&nbsp; I like how you maintained the original lines and ended up with something that looks like it was meant to be a stool.&nbsp; <br />
Thanks!<br /> It seems too nice to sit on! ;-)<br />
This is great, I just love using reclaimed materials. Good work :)<br />
Great work saving this chair! It a nice stool, the yellow completes it for sure.<br /> <br /> To think most people would just walk past and see nothing but trash.<br />

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