I’m going to have to go on a diet…lol! Our dining room chairs have been breaking one after the other, and we decided that we had to replace them, however on scouting around it was cheaper to buy a new suite than just the chairs. We had also decided to downsize, and give ourselves more room, there is only the two of us, so we are going to have a smaller table and only four chairs. Here in Colombia, unless you go to the big stores with imported furniture, with a bottomless pocket, the furniture shops make their own furniture in a workshop above or behind their shop.
Having scoured the local area, we were left with few options, the main problem being the finish, to save on time they take shortcuts, the choice of colour is either black or dark brown paint, which when most use oak for the construction is sacrilege, but that also hides a multitude of sins, their joints are not cut perfectly, and there can be a lot of filler, also the paint they use, reduces the amount of sanding needed, and they have less waste, because if there is a damaged area they use filler rather than cut it out.
I asked to be shown their workshops, and most of the machinery would look good in a museum, but it still functions, I decided I could work with what they turned out, so we asked if we could buy a table and four chairs, in their natural state. They just prepare the glass table top, and the upholstered seat pads, my heart sank at the size of his smile, until I also heard the discount we would get! (All in for £125 / USD 179) Deal done!
So the other day, I hitched up the trailer and off we went to collect our new dining room suite.
It is solid oak, the joints are tight, if not perfect, my job now is to sand the whole suite to a fine finish, then inspect each joint and disguise as required, then more sanding.
For the colour, my wife initially like the idea of cherry, so I did a swatch, showing a piece of oak with 2, 3 and 4 coats of cherry, and another using the same colour as on our bed which is coloured oak, however SWMBO has chosen the latter but with four coats, as opposed to the one on the bed.
I have decided that much of this will need to be hand sanded, so yesterday I went out to replenish my depleted supply of sandpaper sheets, as I tend to use my orbital sander for most work these days.
It would have been nice to have made my own from scratch, but I couldn’t have even bought the Oak for the price I am paying for everything, so I am happy with the arrangement, even though I won’t be able to call it my own work!
-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright