Rocking Chair Restoration #2: Undercarriage work

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 01-16-2022 09:52 PM 628 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Getting started Part 2 of Rocking Chair Restoration series Part 3: Wrapping up the undercarriage? »

The past two days have been spent mostly working on the undercarriage of the chair. Two reasons for that. First is that I want to get a few coats of floor polyurethane on the runners, and since that’s oil-based, it’ll take a while to dry. Second is that I can figure out the color we want on the underside of the seat. If experiments don’t work out, well, nobody will know without looking under the chair.

The first question was whether we wanted some Lakeview Blue under the Plum on the chair. I don’t think so.

The second question was how many coats of plum it’s going to take to get a good look. Based on the right side, it looks like three or four coats will do, and my sweetie thinks a streaky finish looks better than getting completely even coverage.

And we both think the gloss finishing cream looks like the right solution over those three or four coats of plum, so that’s sorted.

Plus, I now have two quick coats of poly on the bottoms of the runners, and they can dry overnight before I put on a third coat of poly and a second coat of paint on the legs tomorrow and then turn the chair over and start working on the top.

That’s it for today. Thanks for looking!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 01-16-2022 10:16 PM

Dave, it looks like you’re having too much fun for this to be a chore

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 01-16-2022 10:29 PM

I think so, Dick. Only real hassle has been that the plum milk paint kept wanting to foam on me. It was better after leaving it in the fridge overnight, but I think I’ll need to mix the next batch a little thinner so it’s less foamy.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 01-16-2022 10:49 PM

Hi Dave, maybe the milk paint is not pasteurized!!! Tee Hee….....Good start on that chair….........Cheers, JIm

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 01-16-2022 10:55 PM

Thanks, Jim! It’s a little weird. I’ve had problems with foaming before, but never as bad as with this batch. I wonder if I confused myself when measuring the proportions or something. Oh well. I’ll try to do better tomorrow, plus I’ll leave more time for it to sit before I start painting.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 01-16-2022 11:07 PM

Hang in there Dave you always get it done well.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 01-16-2022 11:10 PM

Well planned out, you should end up with pleasing results that make your sweetie & you happy.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 01-16-2022 11:13 PM

Thanks, Oldrivers!

Thanks, Tom! Trying not to leave too much to chance. And I’m pretty pleased that I got the undercarriage glued together correctly on the first try with the hot hide glue, and it’s holding nicely, even as I move the chair around while working on it. As many pieces as there were, I was SURE I was going to get something wrong.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 01-17-2022 02:37 AM

Some good progress there Dave. The chair is going to have a very nice look to it.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#9 posted 01-17-2022 02:43 AM

Thanks, Eric! It’s coming along. The hope is that I’ll be done with the painting and finishing cream by next weekend, but we’ll have to see what else comes up this week. Tomorrow is just a coat of poly on the runners and then working on my swap project and bonus.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 01-17-2022 03:32 AM

He stuck in his thumb
and pulled out a plum
and said what a good woodworker I be.
I think that plum is going to be cool. Can’t wait to see this one finished off.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 01-17-2022 03:37 AM

I think tomorrow’s photo might give an idea, Dave. I’m thinking I should get some of the finishing cream onto the bottom of the seat, too.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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