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post #1 of 8 Old 03-07-2010, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Worth the effort?

I have 3 chairs just like this one, only 2 are in better shape. This one obviously needs a bit of work.

One chair is in good condition and needs no work.

One is in good physical condition, but has an ugly green color to it.

Then there is this guy.

All the pieces are there and they all fit together, it looks like it just needs taken apart, cleaned, sanded a bit and glued back together.

Thoughts?
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-07-2010, 07:10 PM
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If the stock is solid, (no punk) poke around with an awl for sures.
If you have the time, clamps, glues and patience I'd go for it.
The effort builds experience for future projects
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I would say so...
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That's a nice chair. Not sure how old it is but I would rebuild it for sure. Good "can't sleep" project.
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I would do a refurbish. I'm a serious roadside hunter. I've found some unique pieces that needed work. If you have the time and desire, it's worth it.






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If it's just the seat that is separated, you may not have to take it apart. You can put a line of glue over each separation and use your finger(s) to worke it into each joint, in a similar method of hand packing wheel bearings. Then clamp and clean off the excess glue. I've also used a shop vac to pull the glue into the joint. (using the vacuum on the underside)

If there are other loose parts, the chair will likely be easy to disassemble. Use speader clamps, and a few judicious blows and it will come right apart assuming you've removed any hardware. Then you can really get at the joints to remove the old glue... I've taken apart chairs like that one in just a few minutes. Good luck with your decisions.
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A few screws and that chair is a pile of parts.

The buildup of what appears to be mold and fungus were what concerned me the most.

From a modest inspection, the stock is solid. The other two chairs are nice sitting in, and it will be nice to have a good set.

Am currently working on refinishing a different set of chairs.

Thanks, guys.
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post #8 of 8 Old 03-07-2010, 09:41 PM
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Yeah, go for it. Looks like it would be one thos rewarding projects. Great chairs.
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