Improve "Wearability" of the Footrests On My Tall Chairs? Update/Pictures

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07-20-2013 01:51 AM

Anyone have any suggestions for covering/protecting the footrests on my tall chairs made of softer woods? Even with several coats of Spar Urethane, the top edge of the footrests shows wear within a few months.

I have kicked several ideas around but haven’t come up with anything that is both protective and attractive.

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#1 posted 07-20-2013 02:26 AM

If you like shiny, how about an epoxy finish? Don’t know what they look like but maybe using a harder wood replacement stained to match or contrast?

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#2 posted 07-20-2013 02:36 AM

Second Docs Hardwood add on. Maybe a contrasting wood. Looking at the chairs I would prefer to see some wear on them, it would mean I got to actually sit in them.

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#3 posted 07-20-2013 03:03 AM

I know about the color thing, but how about something like that spray on truck bedliner stuff?

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#4 posted 07-20-2013 04:12 AM

Andy I know what you mean, the two chairs I made are doing the same thing and happy you mentioned this, as I had not given it much thought but an idea of using 1” aluminum angle glued on top of the wood, I fear that any finish you put on it would eventually get scraped off even epoxy, your shoes can do a lot of pounding and scraping, Monte hit on something there as well again not sure how long it would stay on the wood with the constant shoe scraping, but the aluminum would always be there.

Maybe even a 1/4 – 3/8 brass rod stringed through the legs stretched across the top of the wood.

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#6 posted 07-20-2013 04:28 AM

white oak is hard as a bat ,maybe a 1/4 over lay glued to the top side .brass would look good too

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#7 posted 07-20-2013 05:09 AM

Non skid peel and stick strips, it’s sold for marine stairs and such. Kinda like sandpaper .

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#8 posted 07-20-2013 05:41 AM

How about a brass or copper inlay that would compliment the woods and also age and wear really nicely creating a very nice patina without structural destruction to the wood. I think it would age better than aluminum and you could even use a simple oil varnish that wouldn’t flake or chip.

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#9 posted 07-20-2013 05:44 AM

You make things out of wood and you like doing it, I’d say your a woodworker. If you do want to make him something, make him a guitar stand or even a cigar box guitar.

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#10 posted 07-20-2013 06:10 AM

I’ve always liked the way copper and wood can come together.
I thought this foot rest looked like something I would like to try.
Good luck…................

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#12 posted 07-20-2013 11:27 AM

It looks like the Brass is more favorable but what widdle mentioned, I think that’s another great idea, Leather.

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#13 posted 07-20-2013 11:52 AM

I was thinking the nonskid sticker too, like wdwerker mentioned.

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#14 posted 07-20-2013 12:33 PM

Brass rub strip.

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#15 posted 07-20-2013 12:45 PM

Duct tape.

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