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Rocking Chair Refinish

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Project by drewpy posted 09-30-2014 06:43 PM 905 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine asked me to refinish a rocker for her. It was given to her 49 years ago by her grandmother. I was a nervous wreck the entire project because of this. I stripped it this winter but had to wait until this summer to finish it. My garage is not heated. You can see it was pretty beat up and it came apart with just some simple strong pulls. Nothing was needed to loosen the old glue.

The second picture shows the before stain color and the raw wood. I took these pieces to Sherwin-Williams and they were able to color match the stain. I stained it and let it sit overnight.

I sprayed two light coats of semi-gloss poly to try and avoid initial runs and drips and sanded with 0 steal wool between coats. I brushed on the final two coats knocking down the finish between coats with 00 steal wool. I rubbed it out with 0000 steal wool after the final coat. It ended up smooth as silk.

I forgot to take a finished picture and had to steal this one from her FB page. It turned out well and she was happy with the end product.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".





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Oaker

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#1 posted 10-01-2014 01:46 AM

I bet she loves it. Nice job.

-- Larry - Illinois

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andy6601

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#2 posted 10-01-2014 11:30 AM

Refinishing is dirty, and tedious work, but when it is done and it looks that good, its all worth it! Good job. I’m in Ohio too btw.

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drewpy

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#3 posted 10-01-2014 03:42 PM

Andy – What part of Ohio?

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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Oaker

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#4 posted 10-01-2014 04:28 PM

What stripping techniques did you use? I bet it took hours and hours.

-- Larry - Illinois

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#5 posted 10-01-2014 04:44 PM

Very nice : )

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Dave

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#6 posted 10-01-2014 04:56 PM

Nice end product. Stripping must have taken forever!! Any tricks you wanna share?

-- “Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.” ― George Burns

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#7 posted 10-01-2014 07:18 PM

Looks great! I too would like to know your stripping technique!

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drewpy

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#8 posted 10-01-2014 11:42 PM

ddmac and Oaker – I sanded to rough up the surface and then soaked each piece in the stripper. This just barely got the outer layer off and hardly did squat. After that I just dipped brass brushes in the stripper and scrubbed. I am sure there is a quicker way but I had all winter to do it and needed a project.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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