Refurbished 1957 Oak office chair

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Project by peterrum posted 03-23-2011 07:20 PM 2607 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A quick little project. A friend of mine had this chair sitting out on thier deck and exposed to the elements for the last few years. It was badly weathered, water stained and had a couple of large cracks in the seat where the old joints had seperated. My friend was going to toss it out so I rescued it from the trash heap. Into the shop it went for a few hours of caressing with a scraper and some sand paper. Epoxied and clamped the joints back together. Finished it with a base coat of BLO then a top coat of about 1/4 cup of BLO with a dash of Minwax Red Mahogony stain. The tiny bit of stain showed off the grain much nicer than straight BLO. Now I have a new chair for the shop. The stamp under the seat of the chair shows that it was manufactured in Quebec on April 2, 1957. I hate to see a nice chair go to waste.

-- Carpe Diem

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#1 posted 03-23-2011 07:25 PM

Cool, I just put a new set of casters on an almost identical chair I also keep in my shop.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#2 posted 03-23-2011 07:34 PM

I hate to see people destroy something nice as this
good to see you brought it back to life
deffently worthy for the shop now
thankĀ“s for sharing


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#3 posted 03-23-2011 08:19 PM

Good Work! Waste not, want not.

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#4 posted 03-23-2011 09:01 PM

You just gave that nice chair another 50 years of life.
Good job !

Giving things another chancre has a special place in my heart.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#5 posted 03-24-2011 08:57 PM

Nice save!


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#6 posted 03-25-2011 01:26 AM

Great save!
Once a year the town we live in has clean up day, everyone bring everything and anything they don’t want to the curb. I and several other drive around and save/salvage old works like you have and glean a healthy amount of woodworking/project wood as a bonus.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#7 posted 03-25-2011 02:25 PM

Bet your friend wants it back? Nice job!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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