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09-06-2011 03:35 AM

Howdy all.

Got a tough question I’m trying to solve, figured I’d throw it out here for a general opinion.

Got an old oak office chair, seat and back and arms to it, all in a ‘pre-restore’/needs love state. Thing is, it’s just that piece. No legs underneath of it. I’ve been debating on trying to recover the piece or not, but I can’t think of what to do with it after I save it. Stripping it down for parts isn’t really an option either, nor is using it as fuel for the smoker ( it’s got bits of old finish on it). I don’t want to be a hoarder with it, but I hate pitching hardwoods just to the dump. I try to use every bit I can, or at a minimum give it to someone else.

Thoughts? Ideas? When do you decide “man… It may or may not be worth the effort. Let’s do this” or “I could, but nahh. To the dump it goes…”

Thanks for your insight. Always good stuff here at LJ’s… – Abe

-- - Abe

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#1 posted 09-06-2011 04:10 AM

I know where you’re coming from. Sometimes something just seems to good to pitch, but yet you can’t really see how to use it either.

For me, I have to ask myself two questions. First, can I envision a finished project using the item. Second, is possessing that end result enticing enough to put out the necessary time and effort. If the answer to either of those questions is “no”, out it goes.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 09-06-2011 04:56 AM

“Viking funeral” in the back yard with some lighter fluid Abe.
Maybe take a few pictures first and try to build a new version down the road.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#3 posted 09-06-2011 05:54 PM

When I’m in this situation, I first think about what projects I can make for the shop or other projects. Then if I’m still in doubt I fall back on my rule of when in doubt toss it out. Another idea might be if you have kids is to give it to them to use. You’d be surprised at what they come up with sometimes. When I bring kids into the shop I tell them the scrap barrel is free for them to use. An example is my daughter made a name tag in the shape of a desk for one of her teachers, it turned out well and her teacher loved it.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#4 posted 09-06-2011 05:58 PM

You say it has no legs well then go looking for a modern office chair base and marry the two. I’ve got a base and i’m looking for a top. Maybe check CL for a freebie in the free dept. or in furniture dept.

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#5 posted 09-06-2011 09:30 PM

Thanks to all. Great advice all around. Charlie, I think I like your formula. I’m gonna sit on the piece for a few more days, and if I can’t think of a way to incorporate it into something, out it goes. That’s a pretty cool idea with the scrap barrel, but I’ve been informed that all of my scrap is subject to prompt disposal whether I’m home or not. The joys of not having my own shop space.

While I hadn’t entertained the idea of a viking funeral as an option, it now strikes me as a brilliant plan. Unfortunately, I’ve got no water to launch it in and I thought that was a requirement of burying vikings. Not that I’ve been to many viking funerals. Wouldn’t want to let down my nordic heritage… ;)

Thanks again gents. Take it easy. – Abe

-- - Abe

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