Chair Rescue

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Project by tbone posted 02-15-2012 06:57 PM 1564 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a chair that my mom bought a few years ago from an antique dealer. Someone had upholstered over the back on both sides, completely changing the Arts and Crafts look of it. When my mom died a few years ago, I ended up with it because neither my brother or sister wanted it.
Anyway, I ended up tearing it down completely, stripping off the old finish, and re-building it to the condition you see in the last two pictures. I wasn’t too concerned about destroying any value that it might have had because it had about a million upholstery tack holes from the obvious ‘after-market modifications’. The dealer told my mom it was a ‘Stickley’—(it’s not). There is no maker’s mark or any identification at all. I think it’s either an old Montgomery-Ward type of mass produced chair, or one of our Lumberjocks forefathers’ garage projects.
At any rate, I had fun rebuilding, refinishing, and reupholstering it so I could put it ‘back in service’ as a rocking chair. Plus, it reminds me of my mother, and it’s pretty comfortable. Like Merle Haggard says, “It’s not love, but it’s not bad.”

-- Kinky Friedman: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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#1 posted 02-15-2012 07:03 PM

Great restore!

-- "Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind." F. Scott Fitzgerald

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#2 posted 02-15-2012 07:08 PM

You did an excellent restore on your chair. We have one that is very similar that is still original configuration and passed down through my family from my great grandmother. The front end of the arms on mine have an exposed and proud tenon from the front vertical support. I refinished it about 30 years ago when it passed to me but seriously considering taking it apart and re-gluing all the joints to really make it solid.

Thanks for sharing. These are very comfortable chairs.


The arms I was clumsily trying to describe are same as the GS rocker you built. Just took a peak at your projects.

You have some really excellent pieces.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#3 posted 02-15-2012 07:11 PM

quite the improvement

and you still get to remember mom

and that is priceless !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 02-15-2012 07:56 PM

Beautiful restore.

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#5 posted 02-15-2012 08:03 PM

I like the after pictures way better too. Nice choice of color and great restore.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#6 posted 02-16-2012 02:26 AM

That is a great restoration. You’ve returned the chair to its orginal look. It looks great!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 02-16-2012 08:11 PM

I bet your siblings like it now!
Great job on a special project.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 02-17-2012 06:05 AM

Very good job! My not be Stickley, but beautiful just the same! Nothing like rescuing an old relic, just feels so good!

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