Teak and Cane Patio Couch ~ Rehab

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Project by EPJartisan posted 1549 days ago 2289 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A long time client of mine asked me if I would rehab an old 1940’s teak and cane patio couch, manufactured by Bramin from Scandinavia. I said no.. but a year later, after she tried several other places.. she came back to me in desperation. It was her mothers couch, and was in BAD shape. The caning had dried and was fragile (I put my hand right through it), the veneered table was stained and scratched, and partly bleached around a bowl that sat on it for almost a decade.. so there was a foot dia. dark spot in the middle, which in direct light still shows a little.. but far better than it was and anyone working with veneer knows the pain of staining veneer to match solid wood. The ash supports were painted green and the teak was bland and dry.. with the back side 2 shades lighter than the front.

I knew nothing about caning. Taught myself in 3 weeks the process and mistakes that can be made. 5 weeks after that my assistant and I finished the whole rehab to an amazing result. The teak popped out luminescent ribbons and the ash we left natural… amazing transformation.

It has two deep soaked coats of Danish oil, followed by two very light coats of 2 parts danish Oil/ 1 part UV protecting spar varnish/ 1/4 part naphtha… heated until the oiliness was gone (10 min) and finalized with a coat of naphtha thinned bees wax. Don’t want the teak to split in the sunlight. trick here: after we wiped, scraped and sanded the teak… we rub down with denatured alcohol to remove the teaks natural oils from the surface.

I am glad I learned caning, but I will try my best to never do it again. When I have more time I will blog about my experience.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#1 posted 1549 days ago

I think you did a terrific job. I hear ya with the requests to fix the “ol family heirloom” stuff. Most of my requests have been to fix stuff that left china last year, and was bought at k-mart, or other trash that they thought held some value. Since I do a lot of bowls, people want me to recreate grandmas’ salad bowl. When they find out the wood will be over 100.00 before turning, they have apoplexy! Good job.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#2 posted 1549 days ago

That turned out very nice. Very good job! I am sure she is happy with that piece.

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#3 posted 1548 days ago

excellent restoration job

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#5 posted 981 days ago

EPJ that is a really nice job. The seat weaving is quite similar to some of the corded seats (look up weaving danish corded seats)

The cord is (can be) a bit easier to deal with (little need to splice), easy to tack off to finish the weave, and it also wears nicely, comes in many colors, and can be more “kid proof” than the cane. Also can be polypropylene cord to withstand outdoors.

Seen some neat pieces using a kind of “pumpkin” colored cord front to back and a dove gray left to right – so there are some options add a new dimension, or help it to fit with existing decor – use black cord if they have a more art deco living area.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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