Old Rocker

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Project by SawdustJunky posted 03-19-2010 01:45 PM 3095 views 4 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Marie’s Chair
This is an example of what I find truly exciting about old furniture. The rocker belonged to a friend’s grandfather. She said she can remember him rocking her in it when she was very young. Over the years the rocker got moved to the basement and it stayed there for many years. A couple of years ago she was cleaning out the basement and found the rocker. She considered tossing it to the curb but simply could not give up that memory so she took it home. I took one look at the rocker and went “WOW” what a nice chair. The rest is history. Just like older people, older furniture has its own story. Once you look beneath the surface it is amazing what you will find.

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#1 posted 03-19-2010 02:05 PM

Very Nice Job.

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#2 posted 03-19-2010 02:07 PM

Great find, old, simple, looks sturdy and should clean up just fine. Make sure you post some pics when finished

-- Robert, So Cal, My Turn or Yours.....

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#3 posted 03-19-2010 02:16 PM

MrPukaShell, there is a finished photo attached as well. Thanks

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#4 posted 03-19-2010 02:26 PM

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 03-19-2010 02:28 PM

Great Piece,Grain and story! Thank you for sharing!

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#6 posted 03-19-2010 02:29 PM

Oh man! Ya just gotta love medullar rays in quarter sawn oak! Nice Job!

-- Les, Missouri,

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#7 posted 03-19-2010 02:36 PM

WOW ! is right , Mr. Junky, that sure came out nice. Being green has it’s own rewards. Marie has a beautiful memory and a beautiful rocker to pass sweet dreams on to another generation. And you, Mr. Junky have the satisfaction of knowing that you are the one that is keeping those dreams alive. Good on ya. Nice job.

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#8 posted 03-19-2010 02:41 PM

You cleaned it up very nicely. I am a bit concerned however. Did you have it appraised before you refinished it?. From my vast knowledge of antique collecting (watching the Antique’s Roadshow) I learned that you could be finishing away thousands of dollars by making it look “new” again. I saw a Queen Ann high-boy appraise at $60,000 due to its professional refinishing. It would have been worth in excess of $200,000 if it would have been in its original finish. In many cases if the antique isn’t appraised that high, most people would prefer a functional, comfortable piece of history like you have created. Hopefully this is the case.
However I do feel like I am giving good advice when I tell all fellow lumberjocks to “appraise before refinishing”

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 03-19-2010 02:48 PM

ohwoodeye, no but I did look it over thoroughly for any maker’s mark or signage. Alas, just another rocker. Believe you me I am always on the hunt for the once in lifetime find, ie…Stickly rocker. I wish…. Thanks for the good vibes…............

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#10 posted 03-19-2010 03:37 PM

My first thought was the same as Ohwoodeye’s…ieven if it wasn’t marked, I would have been hesitant to refinish it for the reasons he mentions. I was in an antique store a week or so back, and I saw a Stickley rocker and a Roycroft rocker (both marked) and they would have been worth 1/3 of their asking prices (about $3K ea…)

Nice job on the refinish. Hope you don’t find it in a Limbert catalog now…

-- Steven

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#11 posted 03-19-2010 03:48 PM

Hello,nice job! Not all Stckley furniture is marked with a brand. Gustav used paper labels at on point then switched to brands,as well as other makers. Love the shape of the arms and the pyramidal legs. It would be interesting to attribute it to a specific maker. Did you “refinish” or strip the the original finish?

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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#12 posted 03-19-2010 04:05 PM

very good job on the restoration, now you can get several more years use from something that was destined for the scrap heap, and keeping some good memories also.

-- Smitty!!!

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#13 posted 03-19-2010 04:32 PM

Quartersawn, I completely disassembled the rocker and inspected every pices for all “noteable” signage. No evidence of labels (ie. glue pattern), branding, stamping. Heck I even looked for a Walmart sticker, just kidding. Nothing to be found. With this family I believe the memories in this rocker out weighed the possible value. I used a soybased stripper and light coat of thinned out poly.

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#14 posted 03-19-2010 04:39 PM

My Dad had one exactly like that, that he rocked in, on the front porch. I have the fondest memories of him and that chair, me sitting on his lap. It worked flawlessly for 2 decades but sadly, i…...t has disappeared. I sure wish I could rock in it just one more time.

very nice job.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#15 posted 03-19-2010 04:43 PM

SawdustJunky, you’re right! Somethings you just can’t put a price on. The reason we all do what we do is because it makes us happy and all the money in the world can’t do that. You did an OUTSTANDING job on that rocker! You should be PROUD!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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