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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #30: Stain and Finish

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Blog entry by TungOil posted 04-20-2019 01:10 PM 476 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 29: Corner Bracing and Slip Seats Part 30 of Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair series Part 31: Final Wrap Up »

With the slip seats out at the upholsterer, I focus on staining and finishing the chairs. First I set up my temporary spray booth, which consists of heavy plastic sheeting held up with zip wall poles. I cover the floor with kraft paper and mount a fan in the window to extract the overspray.

I use a similar finish schedule on these chairs that I used for the dining table in my previous blog. First, two applications of General Finishes water borne dye stain are sprayed on. I quickly wipe the excess off after each coat for an even coloring. I use Darrell Peart’s formula of 7 parts orange to 4 parts medium brown.

A lazy Susan bearing mounted between two pieces of plywood make a nice rotating platform to allow easy access to spray all sides of the chair.

Next I apply a single application of Target Coatings EM-1000 sanding sealer followed by a thorough sanding to smooth any raised grain. The Target sealer sands easily to a powdery smooth surface.

Next I build the base finish with two coats of Target Coatings EM-6000 gloss water borne lacquer. I prefer to build the base coats with gloss since it allows the grain and chatoyance of the wood to show nicely. After a light scuff sanding to remove any dust specks, I spray a final topcoat of satin and set the finished chair aside to dry overnight.

The next day I test the fit of the slip seat which is just back from the upholsterer.

The upholsterer did a fabulous job matching the thickness and overall shape of the original Greene & Greene cushion.

The final touch is to screw the slip seat in and install the floor glides on the chair bottom.

With my finish schedule worked out, I spray the remaining chairs, install the slip seats and glides. Done, just in time for Easter!

Next: final wrap up.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"



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sras

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#1 posted 04-20-2019 04:56 PM

They look fantastic! You have one of the nicest dining sets possible (in my opinion).

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 04-20-2019 07:00 PM

Thanks Steve. I’m just happy to have these things out of my shop at this point. These took forever to build.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#3 posted 04-20-2019 08:17 PM

WOW! and i mean wow tung,having followed you on this journey im kind of sad to see it end,but it sure is ending with a bang! that is one beautiful ding set you gotta be proud of,something your grandkids kids will sit down to someday.sweet ending my friend.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 04-20-2019 11:01 PM

Congrats on a job much more than well done. Thanks for sharing.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#5 posted 04-21-2019 02:35 AM

Thanks guys!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#6 posted 04-22-2019 11:49 AM

Your big spray booth looks like mine when I have big projects to spray.

The black leather upholstery is a perfect match for the chairs.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#7 posted 04-23-2019 01:59 AM

Thanks Earl!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#8 posted 05-21-2019 06:40 PM

Well done Bob!! The chairs look great. Maybe I’ll come see them one day before starting the rest of mine. I’m still on #2.

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#9 posted 05-22-2019 12:16 AM



Well done Bob!! The chairs look great. Maybe I ll come see them one day before starting the rest of mine. I m still on #2.

- SteveHaf


Sure Steve, any time you want to stop by just give me a holler.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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