Chair Reproduction

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Project by EaglewoodsPres posted 03-10-2008 12:52 AM 1288 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We had a customer come to us and want a table and 3 chairs re-finished. Then she asked if we could reproduce a chair to match the other 3. The one in the middle of the picture is the reproduction. It was quite an interesting project. The back splat had to be hand carved after bending. And the feet were just claw feet, not ball and claw type. So I had to hand carve those also. The whole project turned out very good and the customer was happy to have it finished in there new home. Incidentally, the table and chairs had been in their family for over 80 years so it was nice to provide a new look to an old piece for them.

-- Chris ( )

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#1 posted 03-10-2008 12:56 AM

Nice job reproducing the chair! I wouldn’t have been able to tell which was which by looking at the picture.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-10-2008 02:10 AM

I think the only give away is the two originals have dust on the leg stretchers!
I don’t think I would have been able to pick out the reproduction.
Really nice work, especially on the carvings.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 03-10-2008 03:29 AM

Great job!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 03-10-2008 03:40 AM

Excellent job both on the reproduction of the existing chairs and matching the finish on the three chairs. Like Gary said I could not discern a difference between the chairs either.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 03-10-2008 05:04 AM

Outstand workmanship Chris!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#6 posted 03-10-2008 05:36 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. Customers always have good things to say, but coming from you guys it’s different.

-- Chris ( )

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#7 posted 03-10-2008 06:56 AM

Hi Chris

Your reproduction chair looks great. You did a beautiful job on it. Thank you for posting.

I remember two reproductions chairs I had to do myself at work. One was a Masonic chair lost in a fire that we were refinishing. The other was another Masonic chair we were refinishing and an inmate decided to chisel off the carvings because he thought it would be easier to sand!?


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 03-10-2008 07:03 AM

Fantastic job – the only difference that I can see is the grain pattern on the reproduction – but that may only because of the camera angle. They should have been quite pleased with your work.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 03-10-2008 01:30 PM

Man, that is nice work. I doubt anyone not told it was a repro would notice any difference.

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#10 posted 03-10-2008 06:28 PM

Very difficult to tell the original from the copy, the first thing I noticed was that the pronounced rays on the upper back rail of the centre chair and the colour is tad lighter in shade, but I am sure this will mellow over the next few months to match the remaining chairs. Excellent work

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#11 posted 03-20-2008 03:33 PM

I too repair and refinish chairs and from what I can see this is really nice work…kudos!!!

-- Kevin

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