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Blog series by Paul updated 10-26-2007 03:51 PM 15 parts 15115 reads 70 comments total

Part 1: Learning Experience!

08-14-2007 05:12 AM by Paul | 16 comments »

A while back, I gave a PP slide show of my woodworking hobby as a program for my Lion’s club. In that program, I showed a couple of curb side pick-ups that I had reworked and “restored” to usefulness. Well, long story short, a fellow club member approached me a few weeks ago and asked me if I could recover some furniture. I explained that I had recovered a simple footstool and such but nothing like a full piece of furniture. His response, “Do you want to try?”...

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Part 2: "Before Pics"

08-15-2007 04:36 PM by Paul | 2 comments »

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Part 3: Are We Having Fun Yet?

08-26-2007 01:30 AM by Paul | 2 comments »

I built up some 2×12 material to make the blocks for the forms. I removed the webbing and springs. All four corner blocks came off easily One end of the front apron came out easily. The other took a little “coaxing” and the apron broke again in the process. There’s no way it not would have broken again if I had tried to patch it and put it back together. Here’s the front apron held together with spring clamps. It’s ready to transfer the outl...

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Part 4: Bent Lamination of New Front Apron

08-29-2007 04:51 AM by Paul | 5 comments »

(As always – click on the pics for a larger view) I outlined the curve of the original front apron onto the wood block and cut the curves on the bandsaw to make the wooden form: My bandsaw blade was too dull to resaw the ash well and it started to wander, so I quit after a few inches. Rather than take the time to buy a good resaw blade and build a resaw fence/jig, I decided to resaw on my table saw using a featherboard to keep it tight against the fence. With two 1/8” ...

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Part 5: Bent Lamination of New Front Apron *2

08-30-2007 12:40 AM by Paul | 5 comments »

Click on image for larger view Okay, I couldn’t wait quite twenty-four hours. Cut to rough length, dry-glue clean-up and run through the jointer. There’s some small gaps but they will be covered with upholstery.

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Part 6: Further Disassembly and Side Rail Lamination

08-30-2007 08:24 PM by Paul | 4 comments »

click pics for larger view Side rail lamination with dry rot side rails – stack of laminates for the other side rail sitting in front It just keeps getting better! [IMG] Old repair: Need to laminate a replacement for this old curved back rail next:

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Part 7: Final Back Rail Lamination

09-01-2007 05:24 PM by Paul | 2 comments »

click pic for larger view I was able to use the same block of wood that I used to form the front rail. I cut the front rail shape off center in hope I could make that work.The other completed laminations are in the backbround with the original piecesstarting to get excited about the joinery and reassemblyprobably ought to consider the refinishing of the rest of the original pieces firststill have to try to remove applied carvings from the original front railmy research says moist heat...

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Part 8: Removing applied carvings

09-02-2007 02:37 AM by Paul | 6 comments »

click for larger picture The challenge was to get these applied carvings off intact so I can apply them to the new rail: 1. I sliced the carvings and some of the wood from the old rail off with the bandsaw2. I put a big pot of water on the stove to boil with a fry pan splatter screen on top.3. I set the two carvings on the splatter screen in hopes that I could soften the glue and steam the backer wood off the carvings. After gingerly and patiently sticking a sharp pocket knive b...

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Part 9: Joinery and Reassembly

09-07-2007 05:02 AM by Paul | 6 comments »

Front rail is tenon and mortise on both ends Side rails – fronts tenon and mortise. backs are doweled Back rail – dowels on both ends Basically I put it back together with the joinery that was used originally – theres enough room to pin the tenons from the inside – I may do that yet Using laquer thinner and an x-acto knife to scrape, the carvings cleaned up nicely

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Part 10: Apply Carvings and Match Color

09-16-2007 12:56 AM by Paul | 4 comments »

I glued the carvings on the new shaped front apron. I found Minwax Rosewood Gel Stain that I think is going to work. I’ve applied two coats of stain. As you can see, I need to get a couple of shades darker. Side Rail

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Part 11: Reconstructing Inner Spring Seat

09-21-2007 12:41 AM by Paul | 5 comments »

Jute webbing is criss-crossed over the bottom of the frame and tacked in place. Springs are attached (tied) to the webbing. I saved the jute webbing with springs intact and just replaced them in the new frame. I did pull the jute tighter than it was when it was removed. Use had stretched it a bit. The springs are tied together and to the frame to “fix” each spring to a spot and to give the seat it’s general shape. I did remove the original ties because I had ...

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Part 12: Seat

10-05-2007 03:48 AM by Paul | 4 comments »

click pic for larger view The seat is covered – a little lumpier than I wanted, but doesn’t look too bad. I think the pleated back (see before pics) is going to be quite difficult and that’s next.

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Part 13: Finished Chairs

10-14-2007 05:25 AM by Paul | 5 comments »

I had planned to get all three pieces of furniture to the same stage (the upholstery on) before applying the “gimp” which is a decorative flat braided trim that hides the nail heads. But I decided I needed the sense of accomplishment today that comes with “finished.” So naive as ever, I thought I would just whip out finishing the chairs and then move back to the settee – expecting to still make significant progress on the settee. Gimp goes on with hot glue ...

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Part 14: Settee Finished and into the Homestretch

10-21-2007 11:34 PM by Paul | 2 comments »

Well, it’s been a long journey so far. The chairs turned out okay but I knew the Settee would be harder. I wasn’t wrong. Never say never, right? So, let’s just say that this learning experience has taught me that I don’t want to do this again anytime soon. Sooooo labor intensive! I noted finishing half of the back rest earlier. So picking up where I left off . . . click the pics for larger views. You can see the “deflated” upholstery on t...

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Part 15: All Done

10-26-2007 03:51 PM by Paul | 2 comments »

Click pics for larger views Before Crack repaired/reglued . . . Stripped, refinished with Rosewood gel stain (to match set) and satin spray Deft . . . reupholstered Deliver today and glad it’s done. Anxious to get back to these tomorrow.

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