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Picked up these chairs from my grandmas house after she died. I don't know much about them other than they sat in her basement for as long as I recall. Label on the back is Johnson Chair Co, Chicago. No idea how old they are.

One captians and 7 armless.

I'm in the process of stripping and sanding. Now I need to pick out a stain for them. Wife wants dark.

As these pieces are quality builds and will be around a long time still I want to get the absolute best color I can, so I plan on doing tests on an oak board. I am 90% certain I am dealing with white oak but want to confirm as much as I can before I start doing samples(hate to do samples on the wrong white if it is red).

Showed the pics to one bud who used to work in a shop and he said quarter sawed white oak. What say you?







 

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I'm not sure if the filler came out with stripping.

How do I tell? Never worked with grain filler before, where does a guy get it if indeed I either stripped or sanded the old filler out?

My Google searching to find out company info always ends up with links leading to stuff about Ford and Johnson Co but they don't have much info about any possible name changes, etc.
 

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So I could go either way it seems on filler. I've done an oak table and dresser without filling and didn't have issues applying or with the final look.

I know dark isn't the normal look for this style/age of chair but the wife wants dark so dark it is.

I've done many google searchs but never gotten much on the company.

Possible they came out of some government joint. My grandparents lived in DC starting in the late 50s.

Better call my dad up and see if he can recall where the chairs came from and when.
 

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Quick update with some pics.

Got 4 stripped and sanded down finally.

Yesterday I was able to stain 2. Man chairs are way more work than tables!

Took for ever trying to get a stain picked out. Wife wanted "dark". Made her a sample board of all my stains, she didn't like em. Bought a can of Varathane Kona she liked. Sample it and she said nope.

Yesterday we went to Sherwin Williams and finally picked out a color. Some sort of Chestnut. Put a small sample on the bottom of a chair...NOPE no way no how. 16 dollar mistake.

So I grabbed the dark stains from the draw to do some test spots. Started with the Kona and hit a winner.

Don't think it was the color she had in her mind, but they look good IMO. Kinda have the old church pew color to them.









2 left to stain and then on to poly.
 
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