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Rehabilitation of an old chair

It often happens that an old chair, still having a certain charm, catches your attention. But the state of its caning, more or less smashed, discourages you from undertaking a possible restoration. In order to have it rebuilt, it is necessary to find the craftsman, that he is competent and that his price is reasonable. Here is a solution that you can undertake yourself to give a second life to this type of seat.

Necessary material

  • Metre
  • Pencil
  • Wood chisel
  • Screwdriver
  • Glue brush
  • Pincers
  • Scrubber brush
  • cord
  • Clamps

Steps

  1. Exposure of the chassis of the chair
  2. Collages and wedges of elements of the chair
  3. Treatment of the seat and back of the chair

Exposure of the chassis of the chair

In-depth review of the state of the seat

In-depth review of the state of the seat

1. Carry out a thorough examination of the chair's condition. See what is moved, taken off, broken. Detect if screws or badly implanted nails indicate previous repairs and locate a proven weakness. Finally consider all the operations necessary for its rehabilitation, headquarters and file.

Elimination of the remains of cane

Elimination of the remains of cane

2. Begin by removing the remains of the cannage nailed in a small rabbet, on the frame of the seat. Use an old wood chisel taking all the necessary precautions with this sharp tool.

Peeling nails from the cane

Peeling nails from the cane

3; If necessary, raise the heads of the nails driven with a flat blade of screwdriver before extracting them with pincers. To avoid marking the wood by pressing, slide a thin wedge under the tool before levering. Use a hard-bristled brush (quackgrass) to remove any remaining dust.

Collages and wedges of elements of the chair

Injection of glue into assemblies

Injection of glue into assemblies

1. Spread the defective assemblies as far as possible so that you can use a suitable brush or a small piece of specially cut wood to insert the white vinyl glue called "wood glue". Fill the gaps widely so that the glue comes out well when replacing the elements.

Setting up a key lock

Setting up a key lock

2. If you do not have a strap press, use a strong cord to tighten the lower belt elements of the chair legs. A fall of wood will serve as a wrench.

Recollection of gaps and loose parts

Recollection of gaps and loose parts

3. Carefully pick up the split or loose parts. In case of minor lack, refasten with pre-dyed wood pulp closest to the overall color of the chair. In case of significant lack, use either a piece of wood, if possible in the same gasoline, cut and tinted, a wood putty whose composition supports better thickness applications. It is necessary anyway, with this type of synthetic products, to provide a slight shrinkage on drying.

Laying a folded paper stamp between wedge and glued wood

Laying a folded paper stamp between wedge and glued wood

4. These repairs must also be put under pressure between wedges held by clamps. Interpose between the wedge and the repair, a block of folded paper thick enough to prevent the adherence of glued wood of the chair on the wood of the hold. On picking, once the glue has dried, only one or two layers of glued paper will remain and easily removed with a slightly dampened sponge.

Setting up the clamps

Setting up the clamps

5. Use the clamps to fix the glue repairs. Sometimes it takes a little ingenuity to make them effective and prevent them from sliding during tightening.

Treatment of the seat and back of the chair

De-wooding the chair

De-wooding the chair

1. Now proceed to the cabinet dewaxing with a specific product. Depending on your choice, you can do a slight dewaxing so as to retain the old patina or on the contrary return almost to the raw wood if your project is to reteinter the chair and / or varnish.

Tracing the side cuts of the plywood seat

Tracing the side cuts of the plywood seat

2. To replace with a plywood, the old caning, which was nailed in a slight rabbet, take the necessary measures by applying the panel in the rabbet of the frame of the chair. From there, take the width measurements and make the cuts.

Tracing the front cut of the plywood

Tracing the front cut of the plywood

3. With the front of the seat slightly rounded, take the distance between the vertical front edge of the chair and the edge of the rabbet with the pencil and draw the curve on the panel before cutting.

Set up by gluing the renovated seat of the chair

Set up by gluing the renovated seat of the chair

4. The plywood seat and back were covered with a stretched fabric. They will be stuck in the corresponding rabbets with a simple fabric glue that is reputed not to cause stains.

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