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Forum topic by monsie posted 03-24-2015 04:13 AM 1170 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2015 04:13 AM

i recently got two of these chairs for free and i’m wondering if someone could tell me how old they think they are and what type of wood it is. im going to use epoxy to fill the chips in them. i’d like to get into furniture refinishing and these are my starters. Thanks.

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#1 posted 03-24-2015 05:53 AM

Why not fill the chips with veneer? Epoxy repairs will probably be harder to hide.

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#2 posted 03-24-2015 06:08 AM

I looked up the process for that just now and I’m worried about how difficult it would be to find matching veneer.

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#3 posted 03-24-2015 06:11 AM

Doubt you will be able to match it without it being noticeable… probably would be easier and better looking to strip off the veneer and put on new – or figure out what kind of wood is behind it and maybe just give it a good finish if it doesn’t look too ugly. Heck, they might not look too bad painted a gloss black either. They were free, so go wild :)


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#4 posted 03-24-2015 06:31 AM

As a learning experience, this is a great chance to try filling in with a matching veneer (mahogany, by the looks) and then blending in the color and finish.

If you really want to get into refinishing, you will want to develop the skills needed to match color and finish!

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#5 posted 03-24-2015 12:36 PM

Don’t know if those chairs have any type of pedigree, just looks to be generic mid century modern. Should be a label on the bottom, you should take off that non original fabric. Probably came with a vinyl or bark cloth seat covering, and not as padded as that. I would remove the veneer and put new on, probably a mix of mahagony/walnut/cherry stain to match original.

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#6 posted 03-27-2015 03:51 AM

Even a bad veneer match will probably look better than an epoxy match. You’ll want to find mahogany of similar grain pattern then use dyes and pigments to push the colors into alignment. It’s tough the first time but fairly easy with experience.

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