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I have been asked to give a bid to repair some squeaking pews in a courtroom. The back and seat are a solid glued , curved panel. Would it be a mistake to apply glue where the seat/back meets the end/armrest?
It sounds like you will need to allow for significant expansion/contraction.
That does not rule out strategic use of glue however you will have to be smart about it. Gluing the entire joint would absolutely lead to failure.
Take a close look and determine how these were assembled when they were built. Try to restore/repair them using the original methods.
Sounds like a horrible job to bid. Bid it big, because you will certainly be called back many times. From your post, we have no idea when they were made, what the wood is, and if any glue was used originally. As a guess, I would first start by just tightening up the screws. Most of these had pocket screws behind trim boards, so they could be shipped unassembled.
I wouldn't try to glue those solid backs into the sides, but you might try disassembling, then putting them back together with a bead of silicone in there to cushion the joint.
It should be flexible enough to squirm, if it moves, without causing the problems of a more rigid bond.
I'd suggest a trial run on just one, before doing all of them.
I like the silicone idea. The pews are somewhere around sixty to seventy years old. I agree that its kind of a tough one to bid , thanks for the input.
I don't like the idea of a "bid" bid what? and with what liability? Some projects it is just not cost effective to "bid" unless it is well padded and then why a "bid" at all. It's just my opinion, been there and done that.