Old Family Chairs

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Project by Monty Queen posted 1347 days ago 1306 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister had a couple of old wicker chairs that were in our family since i was a child, she was going to get rid of them . She ask me if i wanted them I said yes. I took them home and refinished one of them i still have one to go. I know they are wicker, but i wanted to put a wooden seat instead of wicker. Thanks for looking.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#1 posted 1347 days ago

Nice job. Years ago I had a similar looking old oak chair with a wicker seat that I also replaced with a wood top. Your photos brought back memories of that chair and the work I did on it.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#2 posted 1346 days ago

Great Job!

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#3 posted 1346 days ago

Sorry but frankly I suggest that you keep the old seats. One day in the future, you and your family will wish the lightness of the original arrangement (I mean functional and esthetically lightness). The new seats seem to me so heavy (esthetically heavy), compared to the thin legs. Well, this is just my thought.

-- Antonio

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#4 posted 1346 days ago

I like it.

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#5 posted 1345 days ago

I agree with antmjr. It looks like the seat was hand caned. It’s time consuming but not impossible or hard. I just finished recaning an old chair and it turned out great.

Just to help you out, here is a great link to help you learn how to cane a chair.

After you study the above link, determine the size of the cane you will need. Then you can go to the ROCKLER website and order the cane. The only other things you will need is some wooden golf tee’s, maybe some clothes pins and some glycerine which you can pick up at a local drug store (usually found in the cosmetic dept.).

I’ll try to post the chair I just finished here on LJ. Keep watching.

Good luck on the 2nd chair and hopefully you’ll be convinced to cane the 1st chair too.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#6 posted 1338 days ago

Nice job on the restoration!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 1338 days ago

That turned out to be real nice. Good work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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