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Project by cFurnitureGuy posted 02-02-2010 at 12:57 PM 2594 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always been partial to the old steel furniture (steelcase, goodform, artmetal.. etc). I have a bunch of these chairs that i have collected over the years (plus tables and desks) and i have been restoring them whenever i get the chance.. the before picture isnt the same exact chair (i couldnt find the before pic) but they basically all look the same before i start restoring them. but u get the idea! they all start out being scratches, dirty,yellowed, ripped and abused…. i take them apart, sand them down, fix anything that needs repaired, and reupholster them. nothing too major! this one is an Emmco 1963

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga





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Edziu

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#1 posted 02-02-2010 at 01:08 PM

I absolutely love those chairs. Someday I will have a whole collection and it will be my dining room set.

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FatScratch

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#2 posted 02-02-2010 at 01:11 PM

Could you replace the upholstered parts with wood? That would look mighty sharp!

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cFurnitureGuy

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 at 02:28 PM

i have a couple that i cant find replacements for the arms and i was thinking of doing bent laminated wood… and replacing the upholtered seat with a wood insert!
definitely would be sharp!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#4 posted 02-02-2010 at 02:31 PM

Hmmm Chair Good

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 02-02-2010 at 09:23 PM

That looks to be very satisfying. Those are great old chairs. Do you have any of the old metal desks with the contours and curves? I’d love to see some pics of those. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 02-07-2010 at 06:19 PM

I have never been a fan of that style of office furniture but it looks pretty good when refinished

-- GO DAWGS!

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Joechair

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#7 posted 03-07-2010 at 03:49 PM

Can you tell me how to remove the armrests from my similar Goodform chair after I’ve taken the screws out? There seems to be some kind of clip holding the armrests in place in the front.

Help would be helpful. I cleaned up the rest of the chair and reupholstered, but want the armrests to match.

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cFurnitureGuy

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#8 posted 03-07-2010 at 05:22 PM

the front of the armrests usually have a screw that slides into a “keyhole” slot (in the aluminum arm). if you can get the back of the armrest off, then just slide it forward or or backwards? if forget which direction…. make sense? if not i can take a picture of the ones i have!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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Joechair

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#9 posted 03-07-2010 at 06:44 PM

the goodform chair armrests do not slide. up, down, or forward. I thought there might be some kind of spring clip at the front, but there seems no way to get the armrest off without breaking whatever is holding the front in place.

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cFurnitureGuy

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#10 posted 03-08-2010 at 08:42 AM

i will take a look at the ones i have at home and snap a few pictures tonight… hopefully we can find the solution! send me a PM with your email

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#11 posted 03-09-2010 at 11:12 PM

I helped my sister in law redo a chair similar to this. they are really cool. nice work.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#12 posted 10-05-2011 at 12:46 PM

What did you use for the arm rests?

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japanesewoodworker

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#13 posted 09-12-2012 at 04:12 PM

How did you secure the wood without breaking the surface. Beautiful work.

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