Morris rocking chair repair and restoration

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Project by mountainwilliam posted 01-08-2014 04:45 PM 1640 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t seen another Morris chair quite like this one. It’s a Binghampton rocker from 1915 and was a wedding present to my great grandparents. It was passed down through the family to my mom. In 1969 my brother and I were doing what brothers do and broke the chair back. There was much weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth that day when dad got home. Dad tried to repair it but wasn’t very successful and it got put into storage and hence, out of sight, and eventually out of mind. Fast forward to Aug of 2013. I was in the storage building looking for something else for mom. She’d been having some serious health problems and when I saw the chair again, it brought back memories and the idea to make amends through repair and restoration. The plan was to restore it and have it in the house when she came home from the hospital. The char hardware is all original and in good repair with a nice patina and was reinstalled as is.

It was in a derelict state having been stored for a number of years. Joints were loose. Back repair by my dad from long ago still obviously not satisfactory mainly because of lack of tools and shop. Stuff done to the chair-

2-Make drawings and templates of parts (I want one of these!)
3-Strip old finish. (finish was redone not so well sometime before she inherited it)
4-Restain and make a lexan plate to cover the original Binghampton label
5-Make new parts for the back and reassemble
6-Research fabric patterns that would not be out of place in 1915 arts and crafts furniture
7-Reinstall seat suspension using original springs with new 8 way tie
8-Have in place for when mom came home on Christmas day

Wood is WO. Stain is Rustoleum done in 2 steps. Top coat is shellac.

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#1 posted 01-08-2014 11:14 PM

Great restore and story! I bet Mom cried. Do you have any before pics? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 01-09-2014 03:34 AM

Very nicely done. A real winner there.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 01-20-2014 12:57 PM

Perfect restoration. Thanks for sharing


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