|Project by onefullturn||posted 03-14-2017 07:47 PM||421 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
In 1985 while working for S.C. Johnson in Canada, I bought an old oak office chair from them that had seen better days. It was made in the late 1930’s by the Gilson Mfg Company in Guelph Ontario. For $25 I took it home, disassembled it and meant to restore it the next month. This past winter, I found a box in my workshop that contained all the pieces of the chair. Seems life got in the way of this particular project. So this winter, I started by cleaning 75 years of dirt and old finish off everything. The saying “They don’t build things like they used to” comes to mind. Some of the under-carriage pieces are 1/4 inch thick cast iron! The oak was all slow growth material. The oak had a gold honey stain on it originally. I choose to finish it with wipe-on poly, no stain. Despite taking the oak down to bare wood, the original stain still must have left a remnant of its colour as the wood took on a beautiful warm honey tint. The casters are new and all the metal parts were painted with semi-gloss black. I have seen similar chairs on eBay for $2-300. But this one will go to my grandson.
-- One Full Turn Woodturnings