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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





7 comments so far

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a1Jim

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#1 posted 390 days ago

Great story super chair.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Woodwrecker

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#2 posted 390 days ago

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

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 390 days ago

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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JR45

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#4 posted 390 days ago

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

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

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joein10asee

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#5 posted 390 days ago

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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Woodbridge

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#6 posted 389 days ago

A great chair and beautiful restoration.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Fishinbo

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#7 posted 386 days ago

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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