Dumpster Dive chair salvaged

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Project by DouginVa posted 01-12-2013 11:28 PM 1924 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past year my daughter was furnishing her apt with anything she could find off of Craigslist when one day she came upon this chair at the curb in the neighborhood.

It looked and felt structurely sound. And it didn’t stink! Made ya wonder why it was being thrown out. Anyway it was from Scan and made of teak. Well a month or so ago the cheap plywood seat finally succumbed to dry rot and busted through.

So I glued up some 1 3/4” poplar to test a new skill of seat shaping. I’ve never done one before so I chose poplar since it was about the least expensive wood I could find. I wasn’t about to practice on real teak. Anyway it was a very messy job but the angle grinder works great. There is a lot of sanding you have to do after finishing with the grinder and it creates a lot of saw dust so wear a mask if you chose to try this. I’m happy enough with the poplar seat so I’ll just leave it at that.

I dyed the seat with General Finishes Vintage Cherry dye and a wipe on poly.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#1 posted 01-12-2013 11:32 PM

Thats one heck of a match. Love this project.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 01-12-2013 11:41 PM

Nice job. Good match.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 01-12-2013 11:52 PM

The chair is a great design
your addition makes it an awesome design
Great save

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 01-13-2013 07:58 PM

Nice save, nice job!

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#5 posted 01-13-2013 08:29 PM

Cool! Now, are you gonna build one from scratch?

If you do make sure you do a blog on it. I like that design.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 01-13-2013 10:24 PM

Dallas; Although chairs are on my list of things to learn to make, I have other more pressing projects ahead of chairs. So a blog won’t be coming anytime soon. Thanks for the comments though!

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#7 posted 01-14-2013 08:16 PM

Very nice job.
Well done.

-- "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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