Furniture Restoration #11: Reconstructing Inner Spring Seat

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Blog entry by Paul posted 09-21-2007 12:41 AM 849 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Jute webbing is criss-crossed over the bottom of the frame and tacked in place. Springs are attached (tied) to the webbing. I saved the jute webbing with springs intact and just replaced them in the new frame. I did pull the jute tighter than it was when it was removed. Use had stretched it a bit.

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The springs are tied together and to the frame to “fix” each spring to a spot and to give the seat it’s general shape. I did remove the original ties because I had to cut it in places to remove it originally. There were also some breaks in the strings from age.

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The springs are covered with burlap.

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I saved the padding of straw, horse hair and cotton batting and returned it over the burlap/springs.
I will need to add some cotton batting and try to smooth out some lumpiness.
You may be able to see a “roll” attached around the frame to soften the edge of the frame where the upholstery will come over.

Had a couple of pauses in the work today: 1: Delivered Meals on Wheels to the Elderly & 2. Attended a Noon meeting – but this amounts to about 6 hours of work.

-- Paul, Texas

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#1 posted 09-21-2007 12:47 AM

Wow, this is really coming along nicely Paul. Looking forward to the next installment.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 09-21-2007 02:45 AM

It’s happening, Paul. We’re watching and learning.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-21-2007 11:49 AM

You must be so proud when you post your blog, looking over the different stages you’ve completed!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 10-02-2007 02:52 AM

Filled in a little extra padding.

covered with cotton muslin fabric

used the old seat upholstery as the pattern and cut the new piece

just started trying to fit the new seat fabric smoothly

hopefully some good progress pictures by the weekend

-- Paul, Texas

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#5 posted 10-02-2007 09:06 AM

What you’re doing here is amazing work…

You are multi-talented!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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