|Project by BobTheFish||posted 07-11-2011 03:21 PM||1524 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
(EDIT: forgot to mention: The first and last two pictures are of the chair cleaned up, the middle three are of the chair as a “work in progress”. Pics 2 and 3 are the best for showing what I was originally working with. There’s no “before pics” because I often forget to take them. /EDIT)
Well, a friend (different friend) gave me a chair! Coincidences would have it that this chair is almost exactly like my other chair, except it’s oak, and it’s an office chair. It’s survived two floods, and probably at least 50-60 years of age.
For the most part, this was a really simple clean up, sand, and refinish job. The mechanisms, which we thought to be rusted out, were in fact not, but instead painted brown and had plenty of caked on dirt. (Those same mechanisms also bear the mark, “MADE IN USA”, which should also show you how old the chair is… ;) ) Where the mechanisms were good, and saved me a little heartache (and lots of WD-40), someone did a number on the casters, and replaced the originals with big gold painted plastic orbs of cheesy office furniture caster-ness.
So I had my sweet bit of revenge on this bad taste, went out and bought some more vintage-ish casters (though perhaps not as old as the chair), gave them to someone to blast with glass beads, and put them on.
The other issue was with the T molding. This style of T-molding (which you can see in pic 3) simply does not seem to exist anymore. I spent an entire week combing the internet in my off hours trying to find it, but with no avail. In the end, I had to wood putty it, and glued on some purfling for some decorative cover. I like it, but it was a bit of an afterthought (as I originally planned on getting the molding), and there’s some difficult to remove glue marks.
I blame that solely on my bad mood the past four days. Never work when you’re not feeling it.
Of course, one project done, another’s lined up already.
of course, this means learning to cane, doing a bit of glue repair, and more things as I progress.
but making a little progress:
(EDIT: These I have “before” pictures, solely because they were requested by the person who gave me the chairs. I still have a fair amount of work to go…. :) /EDIT)