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Rocking Chair Restoration #3: Wrapping up the undercarriage?

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 01-17-2022 10:14 PM 542 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Undercarriage work Part 3 of Rocking Chair Restoration series Part 4: Second coat of paint »

Today was mostly lathe work for the bowl swap and making another bedan for another friend, but I found time to put another coat of poly on the bottom of the runners, and then took an hour to put a coat of finishing cream on everything below the seat.

I think that’s a little too streaky, but the legs and stretchers look very good in spots, so I’ve got something to aim for. Tomorrow I’ll set the chair upright and start on the top side, I think. Or maybe my sweetie will take a look at the underside after our morning walk tomorrow and tell me I need to go back and do more on it. Either way, it’s coming along, I think.

And I forgot to take a picture of the rag I was using to apply the finishing cream, but it’s turned bright purple. I suspect what’s happening is that all the foamy bits of the paint didn’t adhere well, so I rubbed those off when applying the finishing cream. I also mixed up another batch of milk paint today, and it’s sitting in the fridge overnight before I use it tomorrow. Hopefully that will help with the foam.

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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Eric

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#1 posted 01-17-2022 11:34 PM

That is coming along nicely Dave. As for the streaks, are they due to the grains? It appears like that to me. The details on the spindles are adding to the chair.

-- Eric, building the dream

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 01-18-2022 03:19 AM

I’m starting to like it Dave. Maybe loose a few of the deep lines? It’s still one heck of a wild color. Runners look ready.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 01-18-2022 03:27 AM

The streaks are due to putting the milk paint on with a foam brush and not being careful to spread it evenly, Eric.

Yeah, Dave. I can rub some of the more obvious lines out when I’m applying the finishing cream. And I can always put another coat of paint over the top of that if we decide something needs tweaking. For now, I’ve been playing and trying different things, but when I turn the chair over, I’ll probably be a little more careful about getting something that looks good. But with Covid, we don’t have company over, and probably won’t until it’s patio weather again, so I’ve got plenty of time to fiddle with it.

One thing I’ve been pondering is whether or not I’m going to need to tone down the plum a little, either by sanding it back or putting a thin wash of black over it. I don’t think I want to do that, but if I have to, it’s a trick I can try.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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robscastle

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#4 posted 01-18-2022 03:28 AM

Its underneath! so is anybody going to see it? ... apart from a maybe some stickybeak auzzie woodie!

-- Regards Rob

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 01-18-2022 03:40 AM

Well, there is a chance of a stickybeak auzzie woodie being around at some point, Rob. Covid can’t last forever, right?

But yeah, the bottom is where I get to experiment so I can make the top look like my understanding of my sweetie’s description of what she wants. And then I show her, and get an explanation of what I misunderstood.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 01-18-2022 05:14 AM

Hi Dave, could it be the paint needed to dry longer? Also, can you use a shellac sealer over the paint before using the cream??

Cheers, Jim

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

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 01-18-2022 05:18 AM

Sounds like that milk paint is somewhat forgiving. Seems like you can do different techniques with it.Never worked with it yet but keep saying.
No company with covid? Shucks, I was going to stop by Friday.

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

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Oldtool

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#8 posted 01-18-2022 12:45 PM

And then I show her, and get an explanation of what I misunderstood.
LOL, glad to see I’m not alone here, that is my standard operating procedure. I’ve found that asking for example pictures with any requests helps.
Are you going for the appearance of a prior color showing through a newer color that has been worn away from use?

-- "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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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 01-18-2022 01:03 PM

Thanks, Jim. It’s possible, but it dried pretty quickly. I had originally planned a shellac sealer, but we both like the way this is working, so it’s just a matter of tweaking it to get an appearance we like.

It is, Dave. And I’ve used it for small things in the shop, but this is the first bit of furniture that’ll be destined for the house, so of course I’m figuring things out again.

You’re welcome to stop by, but we haven’t been inviting folks over, and our one planned guest from MN decided not to book an airplane ticket for her mid-winter escape from snow. In spite of various government officials saying “everyone’s going to catch omicron,” we figure we might be able to dodge it by playing hermit. We still have appointments and go out for takeout once or twice a week, but we don’t have to go to work every day or anything, so we’re mostly just hunkered down.

Thanks, Tom! We’re both trying to figure out exactly what we’re after, so… but I was initially thinking of “new color worn through” and now I think we’re aiming more for “thin wash of new color over old color, that’ll look really cool when the afternoon sun hits it and you see the purple light up.” It’s still entirely possible I’ll end up sanding things away and starting over at some point, but we’re in Santa Fe, so we’re allowed to be “artistic” now.

Or perhaps I’m just confused. That’s often the case. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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