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jwmalone

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08-24-2016 03:41 PM

Hello lady’s and gents, I rescued this old bent wood and refinished it as a present for my cousin, she is soon to have her first child. When I got it had an inch of old cracked up varnish on it and the seat and back were busted out. I figured the varnish was dark to hide some ugly wood but after getting it sanded down it turned out to be really nice in my opinion. I don’t have the best pics of end grain and all but could anyone guess as to what type of wood this might be. I have no idea on when it could have been made. thanks for any help. The finish is stain and paste wax needs a few more coats, its kinda glossy here I just sprayed the cane down with some lemon oil.


-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa


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#1 posted 08-24-2016 06:11 PM

That sure is a neat-looking rocking chair. Not sure what the wood is… maybe stained ash, since it bends easily?

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#2 posted 08-24-2016 07:12 PM

My guess is ash as well, because it bends well, but if it was made in China then it could be any number of Asian woods.

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#3 posted 08-24-2016 07:19 PM

Looks like ash to me.

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#4 posted 08-24-2016 07:23 PM

Thanks guys, I know it was owned by a lady in America in the early 60s. So no idea when or were it came from. But its well made and a nice looking chair. My cousin wanted a wax finish because she loves to polish furniture? I know she will keep it until she dies that’s how she is, very sentimental.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#5 posted 08-24-2016 07:25 PM

Ash sounds right, although it’s not entirely clear to me in the endgrain picture that it’s a ring-porous wood. If it is ash, it looks like good strong wood given how fast the tree grew.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#6 posted 08-24-2016 07:31 PM

... I’ll step out on a limb and say Willow.

And laninated to boot … took the liberty in brightening the end grain photo:

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#7 posted 08-24-2016 08:26 PM

Well son of a bitch, Ron I believe you’re correct. Never had one laminated before, I thought the ends were kinda strange learn something new all the time thanks. Now I feel stupid. lol still a nice chair I think

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#8 posted 08-24-2016 08:43 PM

I may have to reexamine my thinking on laminated wood. I know how to spot cheap laminated furniture. But never thought that when people said they were laminating rockers or what not, it could look that good. here are a couple pics from the side of the piece you brightened up Ron. and thanks again.


-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#9 posted 08-24-2016 09:16 PM

I’ve come across quite a few of these cane rockers pretty identical to this one. The screws often need to be tightened up a bit after years of kids wiggling back and forth in them, but they’ve all had the really dark brown finish on them you describe, I had no idea the wood underneath could turn out so pretty. Nice job.

-- Ted

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jwmalone

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#10 posted 08-24-2016 09:25 PM

Thanks Ted, I tore it completely apart and I always replace all screws. Usually when I hear laminated I assume its junk and pass on by. As far as dark varnish for me its like unwrapping a Christmas present you never know what you’ll find

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#11 posted 08-24-2016 10:06 PM

Man, I’ve seen a chair just like that before, but I can’t remember when or where. May have been when I was a kid. I think laminating is the only way your gonna get curls like that. Nice chair. Could still be ash. I was going to use some ash in my rocker laminations, but decided I didn’t need them when the time came. The walnut and maple bent just fine.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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