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Morris chair restoration #5: Assembly: I might be considered square, but this chair certainly wasn’t.

11-11-2019 09:59 PM by lightweightladylefty | 4 comments »

Absolutely nothing was even close to square. The left side of the front rail was ¼” taller than the right side. The legs (front and back) were not square to the frame. You can see that the cushion frame is crooked as it attaches to the wooden framework. The back horizontal piece was too twisted to retain so I replaced that part. The arms, spindles, and carved parts of the chair were oak, but the remainder is a conglomeration of other woods, although mostly maple. The seat por...

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Morris chair restoration #4: The seat cushion

11-11-2019 09:14 PM by lightweightladylefty | 0 comments »

The seat cushion was really delightful. A couple of separate foam cushions had been added to the chair to make it usable when I was a child, but this is how it looked now. It’s hard to imagine anyone could sit on this with the padding nearly disintegrated and untied springs protruding! After detaching the legs and removing the original upholstery, this is what remained. In the front the undulated wire which held the springs was badly bent; in the back it was completely broken. N...

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Morris chair restoration #3: The back cushion

11-11-2019 09:00 PM by lightweightladylefty | 0 comments »

I removed the mid-20th-century gray marble vinyl to reveal more of the chair’s history. The top cushion’s original upholstery which was under the gray marble vinyl appeared to be an early attempt at Naugahyde – almost like a painted coating on the fabric. The back cushion’s springs were in good shape. The original straw and cotton was in pretty good shape, too, but I decided not to recycle any of it. So I retied the springs and reinforced the back with two strips of wood . . . ...

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Morris chair restoration #2: The frame

11-11-2019 08:37 PM by lightweightladylefty | 0 comments »

The wooden frame was much worse than I had realized. Boards had been nailed to the bottom to keep the springs from falling through. The burlap was recycled from a Burlington, Wisconsin Murphy Products feed sack which still had a portion of the label attached to it. You can also see that a rough piece of lath across the front inside had been screwed to the front legs to hold the legs together. Initially, I thought I could simply take the four main chair sections apart. I redrilled the ho...

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Refinishing a China Hutch Pt 1

11-13-2017 07:10 PM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 0 comments »

I started to refinish a china hutch that has been sitting in my shop for a while now. I started with sanding it down, then taking it outside to start spraying it. I’m trying out a sprayer from Harbor Freight. Mother Nature got in the way and kept me from finishing the project, but here is the beginning.

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Refinish a Table Top #3: Completed Refinishing this Coffee Table Top

01-18-2017 03:59 AM by HappyHowie | 2 comments »

I completed spraying the polyurethane finish on this table. I had a few spots that I scuffed sanded on the lower portion of the table. I applied some of my dye mix to those areas. I made sure the remainder of the table was clean and then sprayed a light coat of finish to the lower portion of this table. I will give this table tonight and most of the morning tomorrow to dry. Once it checks okay I will apply a thin coat of dark brown Briwax and buff that thoroughly. I have already told...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1209: Two New Projects on the Go

01-04-2014 01:31 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

You know you have a pretty good life when you wake up in the morning and there are so many (good!) things that you need to do that you don’t know what to begin with. I can’t tell you how many times that has happened to me lately. It seems that more so than ever I have more ideas and projects in my head than time. And that is a wonderful feeling. After taking my week or so off from designing, I find that more so than ever I just can’t wait to get back at it. Even though...

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Restoring An Old Butcher Block

12-28-2013 01:31 PM by JayG46 | 3 comments »

I’m home for Christmas and naturally, my mom gave me a project to keep me busy. Since it was woodworking related, I was more than happy to take it on. About thirty years ago, my parents bought a maple butcher block from a restaurant supply store. It has been a part of their kitchen ever since and has held up pretty well, all things considered. But over time, it has become a little grimy it was definitely time for a serious refinishing. We don’t have a powered sander here, so...

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Refinishing Sailboat Tiller Handle

12-12-2011 06:36 AM by Sailor | 0 comments »

I decided the tiller handle on my little Montgomery 17 sailboat needed refinishing so I got down to business. It wasn’t a very difficult project so I made a quick video of it and I thought it may interest a few people.

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From Southwest to Contemporary

05-27-2011 05:58 PM by thewoodwhisperer | 20 comments »

Right Click to DownloadRight Click to Download in HDSubscription Options My mom’s house is full of cabinet doors that were made in a Southwestern style and its time for a change. Replacing the cabinets is certainly an option and just replacing the doors alone would work too. But what if we could use our woodworking skills to modify the doors instead. In our situation, this turned out to be the perfect solution. So join me as I show you how to carefully modify and refinish my momR...

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