RENEWING PAST BEAUTY
Breathing new life into an old damaged chair.
SHOP OWNER: Stephen Yale
LOCATION: Southport, CT
This 50-year-old swivel chair was in real bad shape. It belonged to my mother-in-law and my kids caused damage to it while they were growing up.
I rebuilt the chair by disassembling the top and bottom. The bottom required new dowels and re-gluing. The challenging part was the top, as I had to make three new fretwork panels to match the originals. I had just purchased a new scroll saw and figured this was the perfect opportunity try it.
I picked up some 3/8-inch bendable plywood and doubled taped three pieces together. Using one of the original pieces, I traced the pattern and cut it out using the scroll saw. I stripped the finish off the chair, reassembled the top with the new panels, and refinished the chair using Minwax PolyShade.. . . Stephen Yale
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