Repaired/Rebuilt Antique Chair

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Project by Jake Brain posted 10-08-2019 05:48 PM 316 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a very interesting project as I was asked if I could repair antique walnut chair. I said that I would look at when I saw the shape; I said that I would try to repair it (I like challenge). The seat had been repaired by filling the section of missing wood with about ¼ bottle of glue. All of the spindles were either broken or the tenons were damaged. I decided to remake all of the straight spindles and repair the spindles at the front of the chare. All of the repairs were made using walnut. To repair the front spindles I turn new ends and bored a hole in the end of the old spindle and glued the repair piece into it. The seat was not repairable so I made a new seat. I chair was stained with a walnut alcohol stain; I like this because of the control that you have on the color. It was finished using M. l. Campbell satin Krystal conversion varnish.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#1 posted 10-08-2019 05:56 PM

Nicely done. Walnut is a beautiful wood.

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#2 posted 10-08-2019 06:33 PM

wow that is an impressive restoration,great job.

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#3 posted 10-08-2019 07:20 PM

Absolutely beautiful.

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#4 posted 10-08-2019 08:23 PM

You had a good challenge! Well done on the restore/rebuild!

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#5 posted 10-08-2019 09:21 PM

Hi Jake, you did a really nice job restoring this chair! Totally worth the effort you put in to bring this classic chair back to life.
These are the types of projects I love seeing on LJ…kudos to you.

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#6 posted 10-09-2019 12:14 AM

Looks a hell of a lot nicer now jake.
Good job!

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#7 posted 10-09-2019 03:25 AM


What a wonderful restoration! From the photos of the pieces, it looks like most people would have simply throw the chair away. The final result certainly must have pleased the owner. I hope there’s a story behind the chair to make it worth all that effort.

I recently completed a Morris chair restoration that had me wondering the whole time if it was worth it. It was my grandparent’s chair (quite likely purchased used around the turn of the previous century) and that’s the reason I restored it. I’ll post it when I have time to do so.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 10-09-2019 11:48 AM

The chair was the owners grandmothers

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#9 posted 10-09-2019 12:06 PM

Awesome restoration

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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