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02-06-2015 05:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: antique chair restore furniture oak

I found this chair by the side of the road and thought it would be a good project to learn on while I’m learning to restore furniture. The piece in the middle of the back was laminated and separated after water damage. The rest of the chair is pretty solid. So I think it’s worth restoring. It looks to me like oak.
I can make a piece to match but I have to take off the top first and its glue on pretty solid. I’ll try steam first. I had never seen corner brace joinery like that.
Any tips are welcome

Dan


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#1 posted 02-06-2015 01:19 PM

When I refinished I saw that joint more than once. We used to just get it wet overnight and use rubber hammers to knock it apart. If you leave a little piece of one finger in the slot, no problems, it will be going back into the same place. But you’ll want to knock it down as far as practical – many of the joints may look OK, but with use and since it was on the side of the road and obviously saw a lot of moisture, when it dries and gets used to your house you will find things start to loosen up.

We had a usual procedure. 1. evaluate it piece by piece, cracks, delamination’s, missing pieces. 2. Knock it down. 3. replace/repair the pieces in question and try to use old wood whenever possible.(We used to buy a couple pieces of old, worthless furniture now and then to harvest old wood for replacement in better pieces.) 4. glue it back up and let it stand until solid. 5. Strip the piece and allow the old wood finish/stripper/patina to run into the new wood to help make it look old. 6. Lacquer thinner wash. 7. Sand lightly as needed, retaining patina. 8. Finish, buff, wax.
Did it for 12 years. Had nine antique dealers at one time.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#2 posted 02-06-2015 03:09 PM

If it is very old at all it will likely be hide glue. It will come apart with heat and moisture. The steam may work but hot wet rags definitely will. You don’t have to remove remaining old glue if you re glue with HHG, and if it is an antique of any value, even just to you, you should.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#3 posted 02-06-2015 07:11 PM

https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/njd6bfg.jpg!

Thanks for the tips, the rag and hot water worked fine. It must be the animal glue, so I’ll have to get some when I put it back together.
Love the joinery. Anyone have a guess how old this is ?
Now, do I try to salvage the veneer for the middle piece and fill in where pieces are missing or find a matching grain and make a new one ?
Dan

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#4 posted 02-06-2015 07:13 PM

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#5 posted 02-08-2015 02:41 AM

I created a glue pot !! I used a vegetable steamer and a jelly jar. I cut a piece of plexiglass to fit inside of the steamer and then drilled a hole for the jar. I removed the handle on the cover so I could use the hole for a thermometer I contact-cemented a lathe off piece to it as the new handle.
It gets hot quickly on “cook” and maintains a good temp on “keep warm.”

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#6 posted 02-08-2015 02:50 AM

Once you get hooked on HHG you will be wanting to get a Hold-Heet pot but this will serve well enough for now.
Have fun with this one and ask if the is anything I can help with.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#7 posted 02-08-2015 04:15 AM

In your first photo you have one unique back splash. I hope you got to drink all the bottles those caps came off of:)

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#8 posted 02-08-2015 03:29 PM

That backsplash is on a counter I built outside. My fiancĂ© designed and built the backsplash. We do canning and beer making out there. I didn’t get to drink ALL of those beers but probably had some. Of them.

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