Refinishing #1: Antique Oak Office Chair

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Blog entry by Steve Henderson posted 01-18-2017 06:52 PM 1389 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I refinished this antique oak office chair for my neighbor last summer. It was a fun & time consuming project. Taken completely apart piece by piece, sanded to the bare wood, stained, and reassembled. Took about a week of my spare time. The seat was broke into 5 pieces when I got it.

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#1 posted 01-18-2017 09:32 PM

What a coincidence! I’m refinishing a very similar chair but without the arms. Will post images when done. I like the colour of the stain you used. Good job! My chair was made by the Gilson Mfg. Co in Guelph Ontario. Solid red oak. How did you take the finish off the slats in the chair back?

-- One Full Turn Woodturnings

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#2 posted 01-18-2017 09:45 PM

thank you. I used Red Oak oil based Minwax stain. On top of the base, stamped in the metal cap was 1939, I couldn’t make out the manufacturer. I took the back rest completely apart to get the slats out, as they were free floating & they just fell out when I took it apart. Just the back rest was 12 pieces including the slats. I took all the wooden plugs out to get to the screws & gently tapped it apart with a wooden mallet, careful not to damage the dowels. I stained each individual piece before reassembly.

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#3 posted 01-20-2017 04:19 AM

Looks great

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