Just for Fun... #97: Another "Quick Fix", and a Question...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 08-30-2015 03:29 PM 1465 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, a couple weeks ago, driving down the road, I caught sight of something on the curb that nobody had any use for anymore… I tossed it in the back of the “Yota, and brought it home for closer inspection… This, is what was found…

Verily, a Rocking Chair…
After a rough sanding (the White Paint was flaking off something awful), closer examination revealed a tag on the bottom proclaiming it to be a product of the Boling Chair Company of Siler City, North Carolina… A fine Chair, I’m sure, when it was purchased back in the late “50’s, but this one looks like it has spent more than a few Seasons on someone’s porch…
Still, the parts were all there, and amazingly most of the glue held up too (Except the Seat, which separated some at the joints)... It was decided that it was worth at least an attempt at saving…
The Seat doesn’t worry me, and can be fixed at any time… The real Problem was that two of the Spindles, that our backs will rest against, had been sheared off from heavy use…
With no Lathe, new spindles can’t be reproduced (and there is a slight, original bend in them as well)... I’d be loathe to try to take it apart for a fancy repair anyway as this is now, at best, an “Old Farmer’s Chair”...
After some thought, I reasoned that: #1) Since the spindles only receive stress when someone is seated, and #2) That stress is only applied “backwards”, then #3) If a way could be developed to hold them from moving backwards, all would be well…
This morning, a “cradle” of sorts was fashioned out of some Birch, to hold them in place and then screwed to the headrest of the Chair…. For Balance (and to try to eliminate the need to do this again), it holds all three middle spindles…

The Chair has been personally tested, and can now be comfortably used and operated…

The question is this: Is anybody aware of a good way to prep weather-beaten wood such as this for Painting?
It is as dry as an old Fence and I’ve never had much luck painting over wood in that condition… Any Pointers??? :)

30 August 2015

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 08-30-2015 04:01 PM

Creative repair job, Mike!
Actually your chair is in style, distressed like that. I think a good quality spray primer followed by a good quality spray paint, would do a reasonably good job on your chair. On second thought, the seat looks as it it might tend to bleed through so I would do a coat of shellac first, it stops bleed through, then the paint.

-- ~Julie~

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#2 posted 08-30-2015 04:14 PM

Grand old rocker, Mike!

Maybe after sanding, an application of shellac to seal the wood- prior to painting.

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

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#3 posted 08-30-2015 05:04 PM

ditto on the shellac
maybe thinned some for smooth flow
then sand to scratch to give it some ‘grab’
for the paint

as always
good to see you salvaging and re-using
lots to learn that way

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 08-30-2015 05:09 PM

A fine find! A fine fix! Now for a fine finish? I have no experience with it myself Mike but I hear that the citrus based, non-toxic paint strippers work well. If so, a treatment of it followed by some scraping/sanding should prepare the wood well for primer.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#5 posted 08-30-2015 10:00 PM

Looks like a worthwile repair Mike.

Take care doing it as its age and the fact its white may indicate an original lead based paint job.
Not a lot of paint remaining but put a dust mask on as a precautionary measure and do it (the restoration work) outside.

Use scouring pads or sponge backed sanding pads for the rails and round parts the rest a scraper and sanding block will see it done ready to prep and final coat.

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 08-31-2015 10:34 AM

Milk paint would be very appropriate on a chair like this Mike. You can buy it ready made in powder form and then just add water. There are lots of articles about it on the web if you are interested.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 09-01-2015 02:24 PM

Shellac first it shall be, thanks for the help my Friends!
Thanks Lenny, but it’s going to be painted, so there’s no need to strip it down…
And Robert, all the first sanding was done outside, as you recommend… Much of it was so bad it could just be wiped off!!
Mike/Stefang: That is a Great Idea, except we have so many left over paints from the on-going house reno! We’ve been discussing a multi-color thing even, but have yet to decide on the scheme…
One of my first thoughts was Flat Black (w/ Gold Trim) like this one…???

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 09-08-2015 10:37 PM

Wonderful .. new life in a nice recliner!


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