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After I got all of the wooden structure of the chair repaired, I turned my attention to the fabric that covered the chair. The chair fabric was made to look like leather and I found something very similar at Hobby Lobby.

I saved the backing and foam and reused it with the new fabric. Keeping the fabric pulled tight I worked my way around the chair using a hand stapler.

Using a sharp knife I trimmed the extra fabric. The final step was to staple and glue in the welt cord. I tried to use hot glue at first but it didn’t hold with this type of fabric.

I ended up using a leather glue that once it dried seemed to hold the best. This required me to clamp the cord down until it dried which slowed the process.

Once I finished with the chair back, I finished the seat cushion which only required stapling.

Here is the finished product.

Chair Restoration – Part 2

Posted: October 21, 2017 in Restoration

I started this project knowing it wasn’t going to be too complicated but would require some creativity.

The chair had some cracked places where some of the wood had split and fallen off. Over time, some of the screws had worked their way loose and the holes had become stripped making the whole chair unstable.

I cleaned out these split areas and squared them off the best I could so I could glue in some new pieces. I also scraped all of the joints clean to get rid of the old glue so the joints would have more surface area to make good connections.

One of the arms had split at the joint so this needed to be repaired. I used pine because it is easy to shape and would take stain to get the color close.

After the glue dried I was able to shape it to the chair and carve out the hole and keep it tight.

This joint had been filled with wood putty that was crumbling so I chipped it all out, squared off the end and added a new piece. This made the whole process longer because I had to wait for the glue to dry.

For the stripped screw holes I drilled them out and glued in wooden pegs and then cut them off flush.

After all of the repairs were finished, I screwed the whole chair back together and glued each joint. I put clamps on the whole thing and let it dry.

The next post will be replacing the fabric. 

Chair Restoration

Posted: October 8, 2017 in Restoration

I recently took a little time off from work to recharge a bit. Recharging for me looks like no agendas and no pressure projects that allow me to use my mind and hands toward a finished project.

A friend of mine had an office type chair they were fond of but it was looking a little ragged. 

I took it on as one of my projects for a couple of reasons. First, I have never refinished a chair so this would be a new experience. Second, since this chair isn’t an antique or anything like that, there was no pressure to get it right. Perfect!

This chair needed more than new fabric, it had some stability issues that would also need to be addressed.

The first step would be to dismantle the whole chair and build it back making any necessary repairs. I removed the base and collected all of the bolts and screws in a little container so I wouldn’t lose track of them.

I removed the seat cushion and the fabric from the back.

There were some previous repairs done to this chair that I would have to modify in order to give it more strength.

More to come on this project.

It has been awhile since I have posted about the 1982 O’day DaySailer I bought last year. You can read about in a previous post called New boat, New Project.

I did the shake down sail earlier this year to determine what really needs to be done to the boat. This particular model of sailboats has a 23 foot tall mast that has to drop through the deck when installing the mast. This is a bit of a challenge and requires several people to do this safely. After some research I decided to install a tabernacle system which allows for a much easier time of raising the mast.

I ordered the part from D&R Marine. It came with very easy to follow directions. The most intimidating part of this project is cutting your mast so make sure you measure carefully.  You will actually make two cuts so measure and mark both spots before you do any cutting.

After cutting the mast I installed the bottom half of the tabernacle to the short piece that was the bottom of the mast.

I used a chop saw made to cut metal to insure that I made the cut straight. You will also need a drill and tap plus there was some filing I had to do in order to remove the barbs from the cut.

I dropped this part through the deck and connected it to the bottom of the boat with a drill, tap and stainless steel screws provided by D&R Marine.




Once it is installed you can see that the tabernacle sits just above the deck. The whole plate is stainless steel so no worries of it rusting.

The top half of the tabernacle is installed on the bottom of the long piece of the mast after cutting an additional 1.5 inches.

This system works beautifully and I was able to raise the mast safely on my own. You slide the first pin through which allows the mast to pivot.

I could lift the mast and use the line and pulley for the jib to help lift it into place. Once it straightens, all that was left was to insert the back pin that holds the whole thing in place.

This whole system allowed me to raise the mast easier and safer by myself than before with the help of three other people. I am excited to take the boat out again in a few weeks.

I brought home an old wooden tool box that belonged to my grandpa. More about that in this previous post. Special Vintage Tool Box

First, I removed all of the old tools and screws and then swept the whole thing out. The first thing I knew that needed to be repaired was the arm that holds the lid open. This is a simple little mechanism that is attached to one side of the box with a screw that slides through the slot as the lid is opened. At the end is a notch that allows the lid to be propped open.


This was working just fine but there was a crack at the one end so I decided to glue and clamp it and then reinstall it.


I wiped the inside and the outside with Murphy’s Oil mixed with water and it cleaned up really nicely.



The next step will be to clean out the tray that sits in the top of the box and reinforce it since it looked like it was starting to pull apart.

Special Vintage Tool Box

Posted: October 18, 2015 in Restoration
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When I was growing up, I remember my grandpa having an old wooden tool box at his house. It was always jam packed with a mixture of old hand tools and some corded power tools. My dad kept the tool box after his dad passed away and I laid claim of it years ago knowing I wanted to pass it on to one of my boys. After visiting with my dad this weekend, I brought the box home ready to bring it back to life.

Vintage Tool Box

Vintage Tool Box

My grandpa built this tool box while he was working at a furniture factory that made desks, tables, file cabinets after WWII. I don’t have an exact date on it but it was probably in the late 1940s.

The dove tailed joints make the box very strong.

Dove tailed joints

Dove tailed joints

Inside, the box has a drawer and some other neat features to keep the tools organized.


The goal on this one is to bring it back into service as a tool box we will continue to use. We will clean it up and repair and reinforce the tray and anything else that needs attention. I hope this tool box has another 70 years of use.