Refinishing project, watch it unfold

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by davect01, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. While being unemployed I decided to undertake the project of stripping down and refinishing my Mother's old rocking chair.

    this chair was used for all three of her children and has fond memories.

    First phase- Dismantle.




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  2. adanac

    adanac Veteran

    Sep 30, 2011
    Vancouver, BC

    Looking forward to learning about your stripping techniques. :)
  3. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    Wow, I'd be terrified of not being able to put it back together! How do you refinish around the inlays?
  4. For those who have never done this kind of project, this is a good start:
    TLC Home "How to Strip Wooden Furniture: Tips and Guidelines"

    As to the inlays, it is all coming off. I am not sure yet if I will restain it, paint or or a combination of the two.
  5. Djarum

    Djarum All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Be careful if you decide to use chemical strippers. They can be harsh.
  6. Stage two Oct 21st

    Today I started stripping and sanding down the various pieces. This took me four hours!

    I still need to work in the crevasses I was, planning on using my Dremmel, but the battery was dead. I plan on re-staining it a similar color, so I am not too concerned about getting every bit of stain off in the small crevasses.


  7. Djarum

    Djarum All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    The problem with removing stain vs paint is that stain is in the wood and removing the wood is the only way to remove the stain. You could go with a darker stain color and it would save you some time, unless you want to go down to bare wood. Looking good so far.
  8. BarefootPilgrim

    BarefootPilgrim New Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Dave, my friendly neighborhood pharmacist has one of those (looks exactly like your photos) in his waiting area. It is without doubt the most comfortable chair I've ever sat in. And that came as a huge surprise to me, considering it's all hardwood with no padding anywhere. Since I first discovered it, I never call-in prescriptions for pick up anymore. I'd rather wait for 'em and enjoy his rocking chair!

    Looks like a great project, especially the inlay work. Thanks for sharing it.
  9. Cool. No idea where the got it from, no manufacturer stamp or label to be seen.

    And yes it is suprizingly comfortable.