One Man's Junk - Chair #1: The inspiration and the junk

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Blog entry by Zuki posted 07-01-2008 11:58 PM 2321 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As most people have stated this project is going to be a very interesting one.

Unlike the Winter Awards and my very secretive Project X . . . with this project I will be an open book. What I plan to make is a chair (as DW claimed my other one) to use at my computer.

Here is my inspiration. We have had this office chair kicking around for years. It is still very comfortable and the proportions are great even though it is in very rough shape.

And here is the junk . . . the bottom off a modern office chair that I salvaged from someone’s garbage about two years ago.

The plan . . . to replicate to the best of my abilities my inspiration and mate it to the junk. I plan to use poplar and no adhesives. I will not be staining the chair, however I may paint it if I can find a zero VOC paint.

As I work through the project I invite suggestions to “tweak” the chair just ever so slightly . . . just keep in mind that I will not be using any adhesives or stains.

Let the journey begin.

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8 comments so far

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#1 posted 07-02-2008 12:05 AM

Will you be refinishing your inspiration as well? It looks as if a little attention and your inspiration could quickly become a really nice piece of furniture. It’ll be interesting to see what you transform the junk into as well.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 07-02-2008 12:23 AM

The inspiration is quite fixable, however it is not on any immediate lists to be refinished. It is just sitting patiently in the upstairs of my shop.

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#3 posted 07-02-2008 12:32 AM

chairs are really fun projects,good luck. did you ever think about using a tung or teak oil for a finish, looks good and no voc’s.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#4 posted 07-02-2008 02:58 AM

Grand chair that is. I had one just like it for a long time. It was a teacher’s chair from the school I went to. It was the most comfortable chair to sit in. I was said when the mechanism finally broke and I could not get it fixed.

Look forward to your progress.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 07-02-2008 05:59 AM

So that’s what happened to that old government surplus chair I put out for the trash! <g>

Looking forward to the completed project!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 07-04-2008 10:22 PM

Roper . . . I have thought about Tung oil, but never thought about Teak. I know that the Tung I have seen has chemical driers. I will have to take a peek at Teak. :-)

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#7 posted 07-15-2008 02:01 AM

Milk paint should be low if not zero VOC, not to mention durable and able to be a wash coat, with the lovely grain showing, or nice and opaque.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 07-19-2008 12:43 AM

Thanks Scott. Unfortunately where I live I cannot get milk paint. I called a couple of places today and some of the responses I got were just weird. There is a place in Toronto . . . however I don’t think I can get any before the contest is over. :-(

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