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Recovering East Lake chair

Posted By: Steven Allen <fenryr@aol.com> (AC822962.ipt.aol.com)
Date: 5/7/3 14:06

My wife and I picked up an East Lake chair from an antique market at a great price. The only catch was that it wasn't covered and looked as if it had been recovered many times in the past. The wood areas used to hold the tacks has little solid wood remaining but I don't think it would be impossible to recover. My question is....should we remain true to the period and use brads/nails or since there is little wood for the nails to bite into, use staples. Or is there a way to "beef up" the wood to support the tacks to hold the needed webbing; springs; padding etc without damaging the value of the piece.

Furthermore, I guess a lot depends on whether the chair will be functional or decorative.

Any advise appreicated. Steve

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