Refurbushing a heirloom

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Hello fellows,

at this time I want to share my last job.I just finished to refurbush this chair below,The history of this chair is not clear at family.

My dad passed way few months ago.I found this chair at his shop and picked it to me as a heritage.Only me love woodworking and my sisters did not want the chair.

I found only one.Someone told me this chair was a test when my father starts to work at professional shop and the owner showed him the draw and told him to make one.If can do can work there.

This chair was at my father’s shop for many years (more than forty) but we never talked about it.So I don’t know if the history is real.With my skils I can’t do one chair like this.

I never saw a chair like this on magazines,pictures or in person.It is a light and sturdy chair and it is a clean design too.
This design can be a chair from a very rich era in Brazil (we call it a “Coffee Era”) 200 years ago.

I found the chair without a seat part.So I need to make a new one.I kept all scars and only made the missed part,sanded and coated with lacquer (the original finish when my father did it).
I removed all orange peel using this tip:
Steve Russell’s Orange Peel Eliminator

It was in this condition

See the arc on back (the tiles helps to see)

The seat part is tapered too

The back part is tapered too

Other detail

I found many nails “on the road” and removed all using a leather punch

This part I made using an old floor board.

I removed all “orange peel” using the tip above (after pictures)

Ready for more forty years

Thanks for attention!

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#1 posted 04-06-2016 07:05 PM

Big improvement from what you started with and how it looks when finished. Nice project!

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#2 posted 04-06-2016 07:16 PM

Nice job on the refurbish, and a great tribute to your Father.

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#3 posted 04-15-2016 05:11 PM

I keep sliding off my chair

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