In my basement is a chair that was originally part of a dining set my wife inherited from her grandparents. The dining set is nothing to write home about — the table is the sort of mid-century laminate crap sold that Sears probably sold in bulk and which everybody of a certain age has hiding in their basement.
Ironically, while the table was basically an MDF core with a laminate top, the chairs were solid of honest-to-goodness wood. The chair in question today is obviously not in our dining room, but in the basement — like I already said — and I use it when I fold laundry. Fun fact: in addition to building things out of wood, and making things out of leather, and being an attorney in my day job, I also do the dishes at my house, and fold the laundry. To be fair, my wife does the lion’s share of the cooking, and that’s the way we’ve divided our labor.
But I digress.
Despite the chair being better built than the table, it’s old, exposed in general to the damp — we live in an old house and while I keep the chair out of water, and keep dehumidifiers going, damp finds a way. Which means one of the glue joints on the seat failed.
Naturally, when I disassembled the chair to glue the seat back together, one of the legs de-laminated, coming apart vertically right up the middle at the glue joint. Then, another glue joint in the seat failed. Though a bit annoying to have a repair job actually seem to cause more damage — in a sense — it was perfect timing for things to come apart, that way I could fix it all.