Mom's antique chair

Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 10-15-2012 07:38 PM 3646 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Went down to Conroe Texas this weekend to visit my mother. I can always count on her to have a project for me. This time it was an old chair. My best estimate of the chair is it may have been built in the 40’s. Certainly an antique and built very well.

The Hickory frame is 1.5 inches thick. It is hardwood dowel construction
The very bottom of the chair has a jute webbing base. Since I had redone the chair about 25 years ago, the jute was in really good shape. I replaced a few of the straps.

The springs are coil like you would find in an old bed but each coil is tied off in 8 different directions with very thick jute twine. The twine did not look like it would last till the next upholstery job so I retied them. That is almost a lost art and you won’t find new furniture with the 8 way tie.

Years ago, when I rebuit the chair, parts of it were padded with rubberized horse hair. I replaced that with thick cotton. This weekend I replaced that old cotton with a newish product. It’s bonded dacron which is nothing new but it is so thick and dense that it was a closer to the old rubberized horse hair than cotton could ever be.

My mother went ahead and had me update the style on the chair. She did however, pay homage to the old ways and used down for the back cushions. Another nod to the traditions are the decorative tacks. However, the tacks are a bit bigger than the original tacks.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 10-17-2012 02:36 AM

Thank you very much for the course on rebuilding chairs. I’m fascinated and amazed by how much goes into rebuilding chairs. You’ve done a great job describing the process and materials in rebuilding a chair. Thanks so much – I hope to attempt that some day.

Why don’t you provide a course on rebuilding chairs?

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 10-17-2012 04:37 AM

Howdy Billy,

It’s real good to see a post from you my friend.

I have quite a bit of furniture to upholster in the near future. I’d be thrilled to try and provide an easy to follow set of instructions. I will also offer you some hope with a bit of sewing on my machine. Of course, that would mean we’d have to send the pieces back and forth and have a few phone conversations but we could do it.

I’ll start with a photo blog on the process. That may not be enough so
I’ll try to make a few videos on the trickier parts.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 10-19-2012 09:49 AM

Hey Mark!!

You Did a very nice Job on that Chair! Got those Plinths all done yet?...LOL..

I’ve been around here for a while but thought I’d get more active over here in HR.

Getting a little fed up with LJ’s.

Especially that guy DanYO (member Here) or Dan or Troll Hunter or whatever he’s calling himself Today.

That’s the Guy who STOLE my Identity/Name/Avatar and Plastered His BS all over LJ’s with it. They Booted Him and 2 Days later he’s back on. (AND I know how he did it)

Anyway, maybe I’m more suited for here!!?? Little Slow but that ain’t all bad!!

Let me see if I can find a Pic of My Partners and My Best Friend of 35 Years (Now Crossed Over) and the type of work we used to do….Back in a Flash!!

This is a Century Home in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We did a few Jobs in there and couldn’t get back out!! ...LOL…

We GUTTED this place. ALL Mechanical, Electrical, Heating, Plumbing, Mice ..LOL..

These 2 are Before and after Pics. Note B&W one, the Tiny Window behind the DUAL Oil Tank. Note the Same Window in the After Colour Shot.




Bathroom Area. Before and After.



Enugh Blowing My Horn. Nice to se you on here!

Regards: Rick

-- Dan Walters (#2803) Do NOT Touch My PROFILE OR AVATAR!!

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posted 10-19-2012 10:42 AM

Okay Mark…Now that You’ve got me going …LOL..

A Couple of Bigger Projects.

We Lived in a Camper Trailer and everything ran off of a Honda Generator. Except for the Port-A-Potty in the back of our Ford 150, I need not go into details of the Multiple Failures of that DO Hinky!! ...LOL..

The 2 of us Built BOTH of these Summer Homes (To Electical and Plumbing Stage) ie. Weather Tight in ONE Summer. Going Home on the Weelends. Foundations were subbed out and ready when we got there. NOT Perfectly, but you learn how to correct that kind of “Stuff” as you go along
I have a degree in Architecture and Structual Engineering. That’s how we came up with the “A Frame” one.

It’s a PILE of Trusses Manufactured in Toronto. Delivered, and each 2 where then Site Assembled at the Very Top Only, to form the Walls and Roof.

The other ”Mansard Roof” one was ALL Hand Framed including the Roof. Dave was a Master Carpenter. He could use a ”Carpenters Square” (Big Metal One) like you and I use use a Hammer and Nail!!







Okay! Bragging Is All Over (For Now….LOL…)

Later Mark!!

Anyone else who happens to Stumble onto this …..... NICE To See You!!!

-- Dan Walters (#2803) Do NOT Touch My PROFILE OR AVATAR!!

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posted 10-19-2012 12:26 PM

Hey Rick,
Glad to see you here.

This is a refreshing site getting away from the few nutcases on Lumberjocks

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posted 10-20-2012 12:56 AM

Howdy Rick,

Good to see you here. I like the job you did with the basement(?). My favorite work is the a
Frame. Very nicely done!

The thing that really getsy heart to thumping is the pick up truck. They don’t make em like they used to do they.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 10-20-2012 11:29 PM

No they sure don’t Mark!!

That Truck was a Beauty! BIG V-8, Standard Shift, went like the Wind and you could carry Half A Lumberyard in the back and it didn’t complain a bit!! ...LOL…

-- Dan Walters (#2803) Do NOT Touch My PROFILE OR AVATAR!!

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