I am posting this because I said I would. It has taken much longer than expected, and it is not to my expectations when I started. It’s a nicely designed chair. I hadn’t sat in it…LOL! It’s going to be my desk chair for the desk to be posted when ever I stop screwing up the finish of the desk top. When it was finished today I sat in it. The back is straight and quite uncomfortable. SIGH!
This is a chair I picked up many years ago. I liked the style. A poor man’s Art Deco. When I opened my new office in town I decided to Use the furniture available to me. I didn’t think this little chair would be a difficult rehab. LOL!
The first picture is the trash/treasure before.
The second picture is the disassembled parts of the chair sanded
You may have noticed it is pegged together with dowels. Good thing I have Charles Neils “Chair making simplified” Ever try to put new dowels into a 3/4 inch rail on an angle! ?? GRRR! The parts are finished with Zar Chestnut oil based stain. I ended up using it like a rub as it’s basically mineral spirits,pigment, and linseed oil.
These are seat braces of which I only had two! Made two more using my compound miter saw, cabinet saw,and drill. Stained them to make them match the thirty year old IKEA before there was an IKEA production chair.
The final picture is the chair ready for my office. I used chestnut oil based stain which I had left on too long. My wife provided the upholstery materials. A fortuitous freebee. LOL! I had to cut down the back legs to level them out as that may have been the result of my inexperience. In addition I used t nuts and levelers to make it stable on different flooring.
The chair has one back leg that is mahogany. And the chair was opaquely stained so I guess they could say the chair was made of mahogany. That’s why I call it a 30 year old precursor to IKEA. The design is tasteful,light and Art Deco. The materials and workmanship were poor. I at least kept that part consistent. LOL!
-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher