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StephenSchaad

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770 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: mahogany rosewood sapele question

Ok so I have a heck of a story for ya.. I found a set of 6 chairs on craigslist for $20. I went to pick them up planning on painting and distressing them for a farm table look but when I got there and actually saw the chairs, I was shocked. She says the table and set of EIGHT chairs were ordered from overseas somewhere and cost over $8,000 for the set like 40 years ago.

She says her mother in law always said it was made of Rosewood but it looks to me like a type of mahogany or mahogany “look a like.” Anyone know?

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#1 posted 770 days ago

Now you’ve peaked my curiosity. Show us what the rest of the chair looks like, please…

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#2 posted 770 days ago

I don’t know how accurate this is but I used an on-line calculator to find out how much $8,000 spent 40 years ago would be worth today and I came up with the following results.

In 2011, the relative value of $8,000.00 from 1972 ranges from $34,000.00 to $97,500.00.

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#3 posted 770 days ago

Maybe what she meant was it’s 8000 in todays values… haha i don’t really know but i do know these chairs are nice as hell minus the failing glue. The jointing work is incredible to me since there is not a single nail or screw in it, which is probably why they are falling apart.

Please pay no attention to the worlds manliest motorcycle cover in the background…...........

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#4 posted 770 days ago

Also, the armed chair looks really beat up, but they are just dirty from dust and pet hair and stuff. The finish on these chairs is near perfect and all I need to do is glue them back up.

Any suggestions for glue by the way? Carpenters glue, epoxy, super glue?

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#5 posted 770 days ago

I have had several pieces that look very much like these in my living room for about 20 years. I bought a bunch of this stuff after I moved to California from Philadelphia. I recall several of the store owners where I bought them saying that this kind of Rosewood wouldn’t be available for long. I took it as a sales pitch but bought several pieces anyway since I love the way they look. As it turns out we don’t see this material any more. The most recent stuff looks much lighter in color. Wish now that I had kept it all. Gave up a dining room table with eight chairs and a china hutch in a divorce, but kept the rest. I do believe what you are looking at is Rosewood

-- Ken

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#6 posted 770 days ago

I say the style looks Asian to me. Chinese perhaps??? Eight is a lucky number.
Chinese style chairs for the western market perhaps
??
40 years ago puts you into 1970s. If it was a new purchase then I would say it was high.

Yes, it needs to be reglued but the finish looks good to me.

So, how old is it?. If it is truly $8,000 and over 40 years, I would have someone appraise it to find out.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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