Windsor Style Chair Repair

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Project by RickL posted 11-19-2010 10:11 PM 1413 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A local lady contacted me to see if I could repair a chair she became attached to over the years. Best I can tell, it was originally built as a rocker since there are no stretchers between the front and back legs, with a shaw or comb back and was converted to a chair for reasons I can’t determine. She bought it at a collectables dealer. The bottom of the legs had been cut with a dowel installed and another piece added (front legs). I replaced the two broken back legs, turning them from hard maple and trying to replicate the bottom of the front legs, the back stretcher, glued and wedged the other loose joints, and glued the large crack running front to back on the seat. If you look at the seat in the “before” pics, you will see a large burn mark. I tried to sand that mark out and match the finish color. The finish is a mix of General Finishes Salem Maple and Minwax Oak. Thanks for looking.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#1 posted 11-20-2010 01:20 AM

Looks good to go again Rick you gave it a new lease of life

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#2 posted 11-20-2010 05:33 AM

Really nice job Rick. That looks like a super finish and the legs look original.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 11-20-2010 05:56 AM

lots of work. good job

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 11-20-2010 12:27 PM

Thanks all.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#5 posted 11-20-2010 04:17 PM

Wonderful! You are encouraging me as I am trying to repair some old chairs too.

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#6 posted 11-20-2010 06:14 PM

That is quite the save! Looks like you pulled it off in style.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 11-21-2010 01:53 AM

Nice repair job Rick!!! Hope all is well with you and yours.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#8 posted 11-21-2010 02:05 PM

Thx mtkate, jump right in there and get going on the repair. Thanks sras. Thanks Fred, everything is fine here and looking forward to having family arrive in town for Thanksgiving. Hope you and the family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#9 posted 11-21-2010 04:22 PM

Nice work

-- Norman

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