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Blog entry by oakdust posted 04-28-2008 08:46 PM 979 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The other day a guy called and asked if I fixed old furniture, I thought for a minute and shyly answered. “depends on what you have.” He said I have an antique Maple Rocker and I just want to get rid of it. You can have it if you come pick it up, oh and it needs a little work. The little work should have been a red flag but I wrote the address on piece of wood and jumped in the truck. I pulled up infront of a nicley restored Victorian home jumped of the truck and ran up to the door like it was Prom night. He direcred me to the basement and even offered to help me carry it out to the truck. We got to the basement and he showed me the chair. Free Maple Rocker Well I took it home and thought about using it for fire wood but the more I looked I figured I had nothen to lose so I tried my hand at reproducing a chair with half the parts missing and this is what I came up with. Resored Maple Rocker Photobucket
Now I have to find someone that can upholster it.

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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#1 posted 04-28-2008 09:53 PM

Kinda like saying that there has been a slight fire, or a slight train wreck…

Nice work rebuilding the chair though.

-- David, Charlotte NC

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#2 posted 04-28-2008 10:08 PM

nice work rebuilding that chair. its always nice to give the wood another chance rather than sending it up in flames. thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 04-28-2008 10:31 PM

I have a similar chair restored. It will be worth the effort just to hear the springs creek when someone is rocking.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 04-28-2008 11:31 PM

Nice restoration work… I think chair work is the most difficult.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 04-29-2008 01:59 AM

Great job yes and I applaud your willingness to take on those …”Oh damn where do i start projects.”

Was there anything on the rocker that identified the builder? When and Where? and what the original upholstery looked like? looks to me like it could be 40’s or 50’s but that is just an uneducated guess ….

Thanks ..good pix ..

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#6 posted 04-29-2008 05:56 AM

The back still had upholstery, but I did not see anything that could identify a maker. Luckly there were enough pieces for me figure out how it went together. I had to build one arm, both rocker boards and cut off the old parts of the boads where the upolstery tacks were and glue on new ones. It was a learning experiance.

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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