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fixing antique chairs

Posted By: sven <sven556@yahoo.com> (66.232.197.198)
Date: 4/7/4 23:22

I found 2 old chairs this weekend in a grainery on our property. We have owned the property for 25 years and the chairs were in there before we bought it, but I don't have a clue as to how old the chairs are. We took the chairs, which were completely covered in dust and dirt, and washed them with water and murphy's oil soap. We discovered that the chairs are made from oak. There is no finish of any kind on them anymore, and they are missing a few spindles from the backs. I can't post any pics because I don't have a digital camera yet. I am pretty sure that these aren't worth much anymore, now that the finish has completely come off. I don't really think they were ever much of much value, so I do plan on refinishing them and making them usable, but I would like to keep them as original as possible.

I plan on turning new spindles to replace the missing ones, but how can I get new oak to match the existing pieces? This is the part that I can't figure out, how to match the new and old wood.

I think that I will have to sand the entire chair to get rid of all the dirt and get to good wood. what finish would you recommend for pieces like this?

Any advice on restoring antique furniture like this would be appreciated, I don't have any previous experience in this area.

Thanks, Stephen

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