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Project by Roz posted 955 days ago 1345 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I find it entertaining to speculate on the possibility of old pieces like this chair traveling west into Alabama in the back of a wagon or maybe being made locally in a stream side mill. It looked like it was old enough and I think it is the correct style.
I wanted to post this chair to demonstrate how transformative glue, paint, sand paper and elbow grease can be. This chair came from a rural church in our area. The old Oak chair was broken and the legs had been sawed off so short the chair was not functional. I extended the legs using dowels and epoxy. Then sanded the four plus coats of paint, repaired cracks and wove a new bottom. The colors were requested and the new owner who happens to be in the background of the first picture. She is very happy with her Christmas present. That is the best present I can get.

Merry Christmas to you all!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."





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grizzman

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#1 posted 955 days ago

hey there terry, its a grand looking chair, you have done it complete justice, and i can just bet the new owner is happy as can be,,,,,your a master at these chairs…....if my back wasn’t bad, i would have you make me a chair and i would enjoy it , on my cold winter nights…out on the porch…...great job, as always…...and this is just for you on this Christmas week….........i know you like my poems and a few words i will rhyme, ill try to do my very best, and hope its not a crime, the holidays are here with family all about, when presents are just opened, and the kids let out a shout, happy with there gifts and not much for them to say, they will be so busy playing with them all day…...while mom and dad they rest from all the work they did…they have those old time thoughts when they remembered when they were a kid…yes Christmas time is so joyous.. a time for family and love…we think of the christ child who looks at us from above, lets all remember him and the blessings he gave today.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Roz

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#2 posted 955 days ago

Well Said Girzz! thanks

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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RichardMu

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#3 posted 955 days ago

Great job. I love those old chairs and think it is great that you gave this one new life. Looks great.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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Bob Kollman

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#4 posted 954 days ago

I was reading an essay on shaker life style and how they incorporated
their local environment into their furniture building. Many chairs were
built exactly like the one pictured above. I read the essay about a
month ago, just fooling around doing google searches on the shaker
furniture styles. Unfortunately I don’t remember the web site. The
chairs I was looking at came out of a Georgia shaker community. Based
on the essay’s I read it does not surprise me that you were able to transform
this chair into it’s beautiful current condition. It looks like you had a good base to
start from. The chair looks great.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Bob Kollman

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#5 posted 954 days ago

Try this as a link:

Essay on Shaker Style—Shaker Historic Trail—National Register of Historic Places

The chair on the link is slightly diffrent but the constrution is very similar.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Roz

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#6 posted 953 days ago

Thanks Bob I will have a look.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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