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Dining Room Set Refurbish #2: Interesting challenges from past "fixes" to the chair

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Blog entry by mtkate posted 1361 days ago 2547 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: What style am I? Part 2 of Dining Room Set Refurbish series Part 3: First chair ready to assemble »

It’s amazing how many problems can result when someone tries to fix something fast. And all this is on just one chair!!!
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On the last image – not only was an extra screw hole added but the screw was put in straight onto the rail and whoever did it pierced the wood a bit on the other side as the screw was simply too long (AND too thick). I guess the most difficult part will be filling in the sections of oak that broke off. Over the last couple of weeks I took apart the back of the chair and stripped/sanded… it’s ready for re-enforcement. A total of 16 hours of work so far but at least I find it relaxing and enjoyable.
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I was surprised the dowels holding the parts together we in pine. They popped out pretty easily. Too easily? I think they were part of a previous fix-up and I assume I should replace with maple or oak doweling. Time for a little research because I don’t want to be doing this again for another 50 years or more (!).
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Oh, and taking apart this chair made me understand the value of having a wooden mallet. I did it with a rubber hammer wrapped in cloth but I finally get why there are so many wooden mallets posted to LJs…



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jack1

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#1 posted 1361 days ago

You are lucky that you can take it apart. I was asked to do a set for a lady that had been gorilla glued together! I told her what it would cost ($50-$60/chair) and never heard back again… I thought I was cheap! ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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mtkate

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#2 posted 1357 days ago

Jack, I think that was underpriced given the amount of work I see ahead… !!!

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#3 posted 1357 days ago

You might consider finding a company that has large stripping vats for dipping furniture into. They usually are reasonable and you still have the satisfaction of doing the finesse work as well as the refinishing. Less time, less chance of gouging and usually a better stripping.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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