|Project by MarkTheFiddler||posted 10-15-2012 07:38 PM||1774 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
Went down to Conroe Texas this weekend to visit my mother. I can always count on her to have a project for me. This time it was an old chair. My best estimate of the chair is it may have been built in the 40’s. Certainly an antique and built very well.
The Hickory frame is 1.5 inches thick. It is hardwood dowel construction
The very bottom of the chair has a jute webbing base. Since I had redone the chair about 25 years ago, the jute was in really good shape. I replaced a few of the straps.
The springs are coil like you would find in an old bed but each coil is tied off in 8 different directions with very thick jute twine. The twine did not look like it would last till the next upholstery job so I retied them. That is almost a lost art and you won’t find new furniture with the 8 way tie.
Years ago, when I rebuit the chair, parts of it were padded with rubberized horse hair. I replaced that with thick cotton. This weekend I replaced that old cotton with a newish product. It’s bonded dacron which is nothing new but it is so thick and dense that it was a closer to the old rubberized horse hair than cotton could ever be.
My mother went ahead and had me update the style on the chair. She did however, pay homage to the old ways and used down for the back cushions. Another nod to the traditions are the decorative tacks. However, the tacks are a bit bigger than the original tacks.
-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.