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#1 posted 08-02-2017 11:55 AM

Wow! Great find! I have one very similar to yours, that I refurbed in late ~1970s. You are correct that it is Oak. I stained mine in “walnut” way back then and it has held up well.

Some suggestions:
  • Yes, disassemble and re-glue all joints if possible. That is well worth the effort.
  • DO NOT replace the rockers at this time. Unfortunate for me, I stepped on the rockers on mine when I was a child (1950s?) and broke off one of the rockers, so I was forced to replace them. IMO, keep the originals. I have another oak rocker from the same time frame and that rocker has the original “thin” rockers, but they are holding up just fine.
  • I have the exact same seat frame, springs & straps, and padding. The only thing I replaced back then was the leather upholstery. My mother, at the time, stitched up a replacement using the original as a pattern. Now some +40yr later, it does show the wear of time and too much sun. That said, use a leather treatment balm on a regular basis and you shouldn’t have any issues.


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