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HIDDEN TREASURE IN A NEIGHBORS GLIDER

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Neighbor asked if the heavily painted and weathered wood could be saved since this glider was his wife’s grandfathers. (Wish I had taken “before” pictures but things moved along rather quickly after the discovery.) He had no idea of what type of wood was underneath. It had spent a long time in the back of their garage covered up. He didn’t want to invest a lot of money in reconditioning it but did want to see what it would take. And maybe surprise his wife with it along the way.

After running all 15+ slats through my thickness planner, I found that the wood was TEAK! And salvageable. . . SURPRISED to say the least. He was going to scrap it thinking it was just pine or some other inexpensive wood but after this discovery, he commissioned a full scale restoration. “Do whatever it takes to bring it back!” were his marching orders.

Did a lot of research on gliders to see if any of the bushings, spacers, etc. could still be purchased. Much to my surprise, most of them could. The few I couldn’t find, I made. Learned a lot about gliders from the late 1930’s along the way. Seems the use of Teak wasn’t that uncommon back then according to a few sources I spoke with. I guess there is quite a demand for older lawn furniture, especially the metal kind.

After quite a lot of sanding, filling, and straightening, it all came together rather nicely even if I do say so myself. My neighbor and his wife were extremely happy with the fruits of my labor and this glider is now back in full service. . . Poolside! ;-)

-- No one can make you feel inferior unless you give them permission. . .





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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 09-28-2019 02:27 PM

SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 09-28-2019 09:34 PM

what a save you never know whqt lies beneth.just beautiful.

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

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dorald

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#3 posted 10-02-2019 04:51 PM

Thanks for nice responses guys. It is really apppreciated.

-- No one can make you feel inferior unless you give them permission. . .

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#4 posted 10-03-2019 07:43 PM

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