Recycling the wood from a Lazy-boy, is it worth the effort?

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Forum topic by JoeinGa posted 05-24-2013 12:09 PM 1587 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-24-2013 12:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: recycle reclaim reuse lumber lazy boy rocker recliner

I have a Lazyboy rocker-recliner that’s almost 30 years old and as much as I hate to admit, it’s beyond shot. After being moved from house to house and state to state all these years the wood rockers are so worn that it actually takes an effort to make it rock and the swivel is pretty much bound up. So it’s time to send it to that great big comfortable chair heaven and get a replacement.

So now my question is….

I see posts all day long from folks who get wood by tearing apart pallets and finding old kitchen hutches and entertainment centers at the dumpsters. I’ve done a bit of searching and found one or two who have torn apart a box spring and one who cut up an old couch he found.

We are moving in about 10 days and my shop is pretty well packed up so I cant start building anything much till after we move and I get a new shop built. But I still have a few basic things I can get at like a hammer and crowbar. This is a rather large chair, and it has lasted so long that I’m sure it’s not all pine and pressed-wood. It’s GOT to be mostly hardwoods under all that upholstery. So is there going to be any pieces of wood large enough in it to actually USE? Or will I be wasting my time to even bother?

So has anybody opened up a Lazyboy and anything worth using?

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 05-24-2013 12:11 PM

Wood is good. Take what you can get.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-24-2013 12:17 PM

No idea, but if you’re moving in 10 days, the to-do list must be huge. I say ditch it.

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#3 posted 05-24-2013 12:42 PM

It wouldn’t be worth it to me…....

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#4 posted 05-24-2013 12:46 PM

I’ve busted up a couple of recliners over the years, not necessarily for salvage but just to get rid of the damn things. Generally the wood in them is full of bolt and screw holes and mortises and not worth going through the exercise just for the salvage. But it always produces a little firewood.

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#5 posted 05-24-2013 01:12 PM

I agree with Monte, wood is wood. I once reparied a recliner. It was mostly pine and layered plywood, but I did see some hardwood in it.

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#6 posted 05-24-2013 01:46 PM

i used to have a shop next to an upholsterer

he would strip the chairs and sofas
and ask me to make a broken part

most of the framing was some of the crudest i have ever seen
pieces of 2×4’s with curved edges
that looked like they had been hacked with an ax

after lots of padding
the original form took shape
and he would re-cover them like new

here in some of the adobe houses
they do the same just facet cut pieces with a skill saw
and wrap with wire
then just lay on plaster from 3/4” to 1 1/2” to smooth the curves

the woods are hardly worth the effort in my opinion

but if you are thinking of maybe throwing it away anyway
rip of the cover and padding
and see what you got there
there may be something worth keeping

congrats on your new move

look forwards to the new shop

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#7 posted 05-24-2013 02:36 PM

Perhaps the only Lazyboy worth opening up is the one owned by your neighbourhood drug dealer.

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#8 posted 05-24-2013 04:16 PM

Thanks guys. I may go ahead and take a razor knife to it before heading to the dumpster. Never know what might be in there after 30 years.

Since I’ve been out of work for several months I’ve been packing the house and shop a bit at a time. The packing is pretty much done except the stuff we use day to day and that will be boxed up at the last minute. So my to-do list is pretty much covered for now. Yesterday we turned the place over to our Realtor and she agreed to not show it till we’re gone on the 31st.

I’ve taken 4 or 5 pickup loads to the local Habitat Store and 3 loads to Goodwill. And I’ve made probably 6 or 8 trips to the dumpster in my little Honda Accord with the stuff that’s not even worth donating. So now it’s just a waiting game till I pick up the U-Haul next week.

redSLED, if I find anything “SPECIAL” in there, I’ll let you know :-)

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#9 posted 05-24-2013 08:45 PM

Most furniture framing I have seen is oak. It’s cheap and plentiful.

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#10 posted 05-25-2013 12:42 AM

I salvaged the leather from one but the wooden parts aren’t worth saving.

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#11 posted 10-04-2015 08:25 AM

I would still get the wood frame as those mostly are made of pure hardwood since they were there many many years ago. The wood perhaps more reliable to reuse than buying a new one.


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#12 posted 10-04-2015 12:08 PM

I say open it and just see… Post pics!

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#13 posted 10-04-2015 05:33 PM

Sorry guys but this post was 2.5 years ago. I ended up NOT taking the chair apart, one of my co-workers took it to put in a cabin they had for hunting. He was thrilled to get it.

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