chestnut dining chairs magically re-glue themselves!

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Posted by J. Charles ( on November 05, 2003 at 06:26:17:

I am in the process of renovating 6 early 1900's French dining chairs made from chestnut. The chairs were very wobbly and in need of extensive re-glueing of approx 40% of all leg joints, they were stripped of varnish with paint stripper and bleached to a lighter colour. At the end of this process the joints have all miraculously re-glued themselves (sometimes not in quite the correct tight joint position) but nonetheless they are now very solid and stable.
How did this happen? I can only assume the chemicals reacted with the original glue and reset the glue.Should I leave them alone now?

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