|Project by cabinetman||posted 01-29-2007 at 05:11 PM||1500 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
I’m a sap for throw aways and stuff I see on junk piles. I find it a challenge to redeem old, broken, dilapidated, busted, abused, maimed, beaten and generally pieces that maybe should go bye bye.
I saw part of this chair on top of a heap set out for bulk pick up. I had to stop. It was like there were external forces pushing the brake pedal down and steering the truck over to the pile. Nobody really questions me about rummaging through their garbage for two reasons. First it’s garbage, and second I guess I look ominous. Sometimes I hear little kids yelling out to their mothers “Mommy, mommy, come look, it’s the mountain man”!
Anyway back to the junk pile. I pick up the chair parts, and could see it was a solid mahogany chair from where the seat used to be. As I look around the pile I start finding mahogany parts that match, and gathered them all together. Carefully, placed all the junk parts I could find in the truck and headed for the shop.
Kept all the pieces together up in a loft for a time when I’d be able to figure out whether it would be a worthwhile project. A couple of years went by and I said to myself I gotta either do it or pitch it. I had to fabricate parts and turn some stretchers and make repairs in several places. Fortunately I had mahogany so the chair was a labor of love. Got it all together, put a finish on it and gave it a new home.