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This is my first Instructable, so cut me some slack.

This is a very old chair but it has a lot of sentimental value in my family, it used to belong to my grandpa, so as a special mothers day gift I restored it for my mom.

I'm not a pro at this every thing i know about wood working i learned from my uncle Nachi (RIP) so this instructable is dedicated to his memory.

I used very basic tools and techniques but if you have some free time you can get pretty good results out of them.

So just give yourself time and if you get bored give it a rest and start when ever youre ready again so you don't mess up.

Step 1: Find a place to work

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It's allways best if you have a place to work where you can leave every thing if you get tired, plus if you make a mess who cares it's your shop any ways.

so this is my little shop of horrors
VikingDK2 years ago
Nice work mate!
katz3 years ago
Great job! To save money on buying leather - look out for old leather chairs and sofas being chucked out - then take a craft or utility knife and go skin it!
knife1415 years ago
Very nice work! I like it when people restore old things rather than just throw them out. Good job!
Pompom6 years ago
You're hott. Also, like your restoration a lot, and it gives me inspiration and motivation to get to some of the things lying around the house, like "chairs designated for guests we don't like" (meaning, they'd fall apart if you sat in them). Nice instructable, and keep up the great work hott stuff.
joreknight (author)  Pompom6 years ago
Thanks, you should see me now that i shaved haha! Give restoring a try it's fun and kind of relaxing at the same time.
tacamaral6 years ago
Si yo tuviera que adivinar, diría que es usted español. : ) Nice, nice work. I'm sure your uncle and mother are very proud of you. I had one question, though: what is the proportion of alcohol to shellac you used?
joreknight (author)  tacamaral6 years ago
en realidad soy mexicano pero de familia española. There wasn't an actual proportion fo alcohol to shellac, but it's something like 1/6 of shellac and 4/6 of alcohol all of this was more eyeballed than having real proportions. Dilluted shellac (if the dark kind) should look coffee with a lot of water, if you have more questions please ask. Thanks, my mom's still very proud because of her gift.
Linda Allen6 years ago
I'm sure it was the best Mother's Day ever for her! I'm working on a massive old wooden chair, and now I'm going to consider the French polish. Thanks for the instructable.
joreknight (author)  Linda Allen6 years ago
give it a try, it takes time but it's sure worth the effort of the french polish, have fun.
John Smith6 years ago
Awesome job!
Z..6 years ago
Very, very nice! It is so lovely to see something that is a wreck, made into something so good! Well done!
I think you did an awesome job on this restoration. Bravo!
joreknight (author)  brightdawn18916 years ago
thanks i put a lot of effort in it.
Mr. Rig It6 years ago
Great job!