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Posted on How to finish or refinish this old chair

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#1 posted 08-25-2016 12:56 PM

Thanks for all the great feedback. I hadn’t thought about the fact that the seat could be a replacement. I don’t think it is, but I might be wrong.

I would just use the old seat as a template for a new one – I like that star pattern. I d suggest the stencil underneath might be from the institution where it came from – a hospital maybe – and a room number.

- dhazelton

I like the star pattern as well. I guess that design is what had me thinking it is original, but maybe there was a crafty repair person in the past as well. Yeah, I was thinking hospital, military, institutional of some sort as well.

Seems unlikely to me that the chair originally had the plywood seat – either something upholstered or caning, I would have thought. But I may be totally wrong, plus it doesn t really matter. Your idea to replace the seat will work fine (although drilling all the holes and getting it to line up is going to be tricky. Maybe using a plunge router with a rub collar through the old seat clamped to the new would give a good result.
Can you get a closeup of the delamination in the back?

- jdh122

I will pull off the plywood and see if there are any other holes or indication underneath that. I might try the router trick with a good piece of plywood and see what happens (if that’s the route I take). I will get a closer photo tonight when I’m at home, of the delamination of the back. I think its probably in the best shape of the whole chair. I already glued and clamped on part of it and it seemed to hold pretty well and looks good, so I think it may work out.

Thanks again for the input.

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