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"The End!" An office chair rehab nightmare( journey?)

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 118 days ago 791 reads 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 118 days ago

Looks great Tom you fought the chair and you won :)

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 118 days ago

Thanks Jim! The desk “OMG!” Almost done screwing it up. I will be glad to get back to knowing the wood that goes into my projects.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 118 days ago

Good job, and think of all you learned!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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grizzman

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#4 posted 118 days ago

tom, drive on down here and get ya some walnut from my lumber yard, and quit messin with that one leged mahogany chair…lol…cant wait to see the desk, i think a good custom finish would be great, put the stain on, get your kitty’s to walk all over it, then put 4 coats of lacquer over it, :)....you sure know how to pick your battles…lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 118 days ago

Hey everyone Grizz has free walnut ,first come first serve. Ha ha ha just kidding.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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andyboy

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#6 posted 118 days ago

Well done Tom. Looks cool. If only the cat could talk.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 118 days ago

Monte,

Yep I learned not to rehab chairs! LOL! Especially with narrow rails.

Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DocSavage45

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#8 posted 118 days ago

Bob/Grizz,

I’m learning! The kitty is Porter when he’s being a tool I call him Porter Cable! I have some walnut here but not a lumber yard full. I’ll bring my truck and a trailer. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DocSavage45

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#9 posted 118 days ago

Andy,

Thanks! He probably wouldn’t tell you what a good life he has. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Tag84

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#10 posted 118 days ago

looks great Tom!

-- -Thomas -

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DocSavage45

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#11 posted 118 days ago

TAG/Thomas,

You are too kind! LOL! Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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eddie

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#12 posted 118 days ago

you did a great job on the chair ,your right it is a beautiful design chair see why it caught you eye and now its back to life ,really like the lighter finish than the dark ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Woodbridge

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#13 posted 118 days ago

The chair may have fought you during the restoration but I thin you won. It looks great.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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DocSavage45

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#14 posted 118 days ago

Eddie,

Thanks, Sort of happened that way. LOL!

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-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DocSavage45

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#15 posted 118 days ago

Peter, nothing was as it should be!

Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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