Jack's Chair

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Project by MatthewG posted 03-22-2013 01:38 AM 1327 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My father in law used this handsome carved chair at his desk for years. After he passed, my wife asked if we could keep it—no doubt there. It was a beaut, but needed some major TLC. The caning was shot (held in place by GreatStuff foam!), the whole seat structure falling apart, and the cast iron swivel mechanism was broken in several places. Time to work :)

I rebuilt the seat structure, re-drilled and countersunk all the holes, had it re-caned (by the wonderful older cane lady from Mapleton, WI, who told me how guilty she felt asking $90!), and redrilled and replaced the casters. On to the base—too many broken pieces to trust it again. Vandykes (if you don’t use them, check them out) had a replacement swivel mechanism, nice quality. The amazing part: the legs were fitted to the old base with big dovetails. The new base fit those ancient dovetails perfectly—I mean really perfectly.

A refinish job and all is well—and my wonderful mate is oh-so-pleased.

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA

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#1 posted 03-22-2013 01:55 AM

Great story super chair.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 03-22-2013 02:00 AM

Nice job bringing that old classic back to life.
It’ll be good to go for years and years.
Great work.

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#3 posted 03-22-2013 07:59 AM

Nice restore of a classic. A before shot would help to enjoy your work more.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 03-22-2013 10:33 AM

Great restoration job! It looks so comfortable to sit in. I hope it is still in daily use.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#5 posted 03-22-2013 12:02 PM

I’m sure he’d be proud to see how you fixed up his old chair. Good job

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 03-22-2013 06:51 PM

A great chair and beautiful restoration.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 03-25-2013 03:48 PM

Looks great and comfy chair. Great repair of it. It will be a family heirloom piece that gets many years of use.

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#8 posted 11-17-2016 09:06 PM

You have done a beautiful job on restoring this piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 11-20-2016 09:21 PM

Thanks, Charles! I remembered your “helluvawreck” tag from a while back—since I stole some ideas from your twin tool cabinets you posted last year. Those are quite nice!

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA

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