Home Improvement & Maintenance Tips : How to Fix Up an Old Wood Chair

Home Improvement & Maintenance Tips : How to Fix Up an Old Wood Chair


Hi, I’m Tim Gipson and I’m going to talk to
you about how to fix up an old wood chair. Now if you could go out and yard sales you
can find what we call some diamonds in the rough and this particular case this is a period
piece that is a wide body rocker and these are really hard to come by, you don’t see
a whole of these out there, they are very rare. This is really good construction, just
has a few things that it needs done to really bring some life back to this rocket. So you
can see we’re missing the bottom and we’re missing the back, but with this piece, once
we refinish the food it’s very easy to come back and cut some back pieces and then cover
those with some kind of a fabric and some padding to create a new base. But first there
would be some things that we need to do to fix this. As you can see on this particular
rocker, some of the problems that you have with a lot of old pieces of furniture that
you may pick up to fix, is that you’ll have broken parts or broken legs. Now in this case
it’s just the rockers. So what we would do is that we would actually take a mallet and
very gently banging away and sometimes you can even take your hand and bang away. But
we would take a mallet and we want to separate these at these tendon joints right here, and
it’s simply just got a round post that is holding these rockers on. Now once we remove
both of them, the reason we want to remove both of them because we’re going to remove
the damaged one, but then we also want to get this good one off. Because then what we
will do is we’ll actually fabricate two new rockers and we’ll use this good piece as a
template. We’ll trace it out on a piece of wood and we’ll cut two of those out and sand
those and finish those identically to come back and put back on our rocker. Now we got
several choices, the finish, this actually has a pretty good finish but it needs to be
freshened up, and what would be the best thing to do since the varnish on this is really
aged, would be to use a stripper on this entire piece. And what that will do is it will break
down a lot of the surface varnish and actually freshen up and take off some of the aged stain
that is also on this as well so that we can reveal a lot of the wood grain. And then we
can come back and just freshen it up with a coat or two of urethane or a varnish or
a shellac, depending on what we want to do and depending on the kind of look we want
too. So I’m Tim Gipson and that’s how to repair an old piece of furniture.

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