mended chair

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Project by shelly_b posted 01-14-2013 10:37 AM 1153 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A family member brought me a chair that was missing the middle spindle and asked if i could fix it. I have never turned anything that needed to match something but I thought I would give it a try. Since I didn’t have the missing spindle I didn’t know exactly what it looked like so I tried to match it to the sides. The color was weird and a little hard to match so I ended up using a couple coats of dark walnut followed by one of kona. It was finished with gloss poly. It looks lighter in some of the pics, I think it is due to the light reflecting of the new shine. It actually turned out better than I thought. The other issue was how long to make it b/c I could place the legs anywhere from 15in to 17in apart and still have it sit flat. So hopefully I got it right and it matches the other chairs!

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 10:42 AM

That’s mighty fine work Shelly! Both in matching and complimenting the design; as well as the finish is magnificent.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 11:50 AM

Very cool. I’m just getting started turning andd always wondered about doing matching pieces. Thanks for sharing.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 11:54 AM

thanks:) the stain really picked up in the grooves and i had quite a bit of tear about b/c of my lacking sharpening skills, but luckily the rest of the chair had darker areas too so it matched lol

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 12:07 PM

Certainly looks like a match to me!

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#5 posted 01-14-2013 01:59 PM

Looks fantastic from here. Very nice fix

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 09:38 PM

Perfect match indeed! Great job on the spindles and the finish.


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#8 posted 01-23-2013 08:13 PM

Nice fix

-- Paviking

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