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navtalk

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Hi Folks
I have an old Oak Rocker that has been very neglected. My wife brought it home 10 plus years ago and it was not in the best of condition, my elder Son sat in it and that took it’s toll. I stored it in my Garage for years and then tried to have a cabinet maker repair it, it sat you a few more years in his shop until I retrieved it a few days ago., much the worse for wear and missing parts. I am going to attempt to repair it. It is very dried out and hairline checks and damaged and broken parts. What do I do to refinish this chair to try to restore some moisture, if possible, and fill in the hairline cracks?. I include 4 pix of this basket case.
Navtalk

-- My G-Kids call me Grumpy


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higtron

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#1 posted 1060 days ago

Wow I thought Kieth Richards might be a LJ for a minute, as he also is an old rocker needing help. I’m not sure if that rockers worth your time, but perhaps you could use the pieces as templates to build a replica of the rocker. Or use the pieces for a template to remake the worst pieces and put the old girl back together it must have some signifigance as a family treasure so good luck.

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Grandpa

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#2 posted 1060 days ago

Your wife has brought you a “project”. This will be like the fellow that said he had his great grandfather’s ax and it had been used daily for over a hundred years. The listener sat in amazement listening to the story and said man this is is good shape for that age. The guy said yeah, well I have replaced the handler 8 or 10 times and the head a couple of times through the years. That is the way this rebuild or repair will be when you finish. All original but the parts have been replaced a couple of times. You could use the parts for a pattern and make a new chair easier.

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teejk

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#3 posted 1058 days ago

unless there is some deep emotional attachment to that (and there might be…understood especially since my wife is currently clearing out a house 1000 miles from here and wants to bring things that make no sense to me), I think I would be looking for my next trash pick-up. The piece had it’s day and served it’s purpose. From the pix, it doesn’t look like anything you couldn’t remake.

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#4 posted 1058 days ago

You guys are cracking me up, especially the axe story. I’ve had a few cars offered to me like that…”it’s all original except for the….” Navtalk, if it’s a very sentimental piece, you could rescue a few portions possibly but I think the guys are telling you…this one’s pretty far gone. It can be done, however, if it MUST be done! I think the idea of using it as a template for a replica is a fine idea. Good luck, whatever you choose.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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navtalk

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#5 posted 1058 days ago

Update on the Rocker basket case. Made a few necessary parts and did some sanding. Still a long way to go.
Nav

talk

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mtenterprises

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#6 posted 1058 days ago

I’ve repaired or rebuild dozens of old rockers and I’m sorry to say that’s the worst I’ve ever seen. If you want to get an education go for the repair but personally I’d take the advice of the others, template it out and build a new one it’s easier. Then build something else out of the wood of this chair. And that is not MHO it’s my professional opinion. Let it die an honest death and resurect it into something pretty, The Phoenix Project.
MIKE

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navtalk

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#7 posted 1053 days ago

Hi Folks
Here it is in the final count down to completion, I wasn’t going to let this chair beat me.
Navtalk

-- My G-Kids call me Grumpy

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Bertha

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#8 posted 1053 days ago

VICTORY!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#9 posted 1053 days ago

Sweeeeet! Well Done, Sir!

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Carl Fisher

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#10 posted 1053 days ago

Very nice job. Well done indeed.

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#11 posted 1053 days ago

Nice! Go against the flow & see what happens !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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navtalk

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#12 posted 1053 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments, actually, I wanted to continue to eat, and sleep in my bed. I was informed the rocker would be repaired. NOT. Upon seeing the comments the wife told me to toss it, but being a stubborn old cuss, I decided to see how much money I could spend on tools

Navtalk

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mtenterprises

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#13 posted 1053 days ago

Excellent! You won! Ah and how many new tools did you get?
MIKE

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Bertha

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#14 posted 1053 days ago

I love how you moved it inside while the glue was still drying! :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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