|Project by Don Butler||posted 03-04-2009 11:02 PM||1467 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
This strange and unusual chair was brought to me with one bottom side stretcher broken off cleanly right where it joined the back leg.
At first I was a little leery about doing anything to it for fear it was a valuable antique. After conferring with two antique dealers I was convinced it was alright to restore it. The client, by the way, was impressed over the fact that I did so much research on her behalf.
Now to the problem: I couldn’t just drill out the end of the stretcher because the pear shaped finial tapered right out to the tenon. It just wouldn’t be enough ‘meat’, even if I was so clever as to hit the stretcher dead in the center. So I copied the finial up to the next feature and left tenons on both ends of the copy. Then, not realizing I was holding my breath, I cut the original final off the stretcher and drilled it out for the new one.
The second photo shows how it came out.
By the way, take notice of the unusual features of this chair. It appears to be all original and doesn’t seem to have been much used except for the broken stretcher. A chair with such fancy carving on the back splat and crest wouldn’t ordinarily be made with a caned seat. but this looks to be original. The back legs are of unusual design, too.
I was almost as happy with it as the client.
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