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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.
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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

Step 2: The tools

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this are very basic tools, just some hammers, a flat head screw, some pliers and then on the second pic we have sand papers, a dust mask, wood filler, shellack, and thats about all i used to restore this old chair.

Step 3: Out with the old

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the first thing i did was to remove the old and dried up leather.

for this i used mostly the screwdriver as a pry bar, i also used the claw hammer ad the pliers to remove the old nails and tacks holding the leather down, this is pretty straight forward just remove anything thats not made of wood.

Step 4: It's time for muscle power

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so this is when we start sanding the wood i started out using a 120 grit and that's the only grit i used for this step.

i'll tell you why in the next step.

Step 5: Filler up.

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remember i only sanded the wood with 120 grit, that was because we need to use the wood filler to even up all the nicks in the chair.

this is a messy step but who cares just have fun, and remember use a lot of filler you will sand it down later any ways.
VikingDK1 year ago
Nice work mate!
katz2 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!
knife1414 years ago
Very nice work! I like it when people restore old things rather than just throw them out. Good job!
Pompom5 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)  Pompom5 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.
tacamaral5 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)  tacamaral5 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 Allen5 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 Allen5 years ago
give it a try, it takes time but it's sure worth the effort of the french polish, have fun.
John Smith5 years ago
Awesome job!
Z..5 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)  brightdawn18915 years ago
thanks i put a lot of effort in it.
Mr. Rig It5 years ago
Great job!