Monday, January 8, 2018

Modern Rocking Chair


    This project is quite different than anything I have done before.  I bought it last winter, after it was offered to me.  I was pretty busy at the time.  I honestly did not look at it very closely and it has been stored away since then.  While re-arranging my work space I had a chance to look at it more closely and I decided to tackle it. 
    This chair was made in Indonesia, out of teak, and I discovered that it was originally quite expensive.  I did some research on teak wood, since I had never worked on it before.  Teak is commonly used for outdoor furniture, and this piece had been out in the weather.  Left unfinished teak will eventually turn to a weathered gray.  There are treatments specifically for teak, but when left out in the weather it should not be treated with the typical varnishes.  Teak wood retains its natural oils and if out in the weather with a varnished finish, it can eventually develop mold.  This is because the oil will push the varnish up and allow moisture to get under varnish where the mold will settle and grow.  While teak is excellent for outdoor furniture it needs some maintenance.
    This piece had no mold but a lot of water spotting.  I cleaned it and sanded it.  I used Watco Danish Oil to restore the beautiful luster and finish to the wood.  While this finish does have some varnish, the oil helps it penetrate into the wood, and as long as it is in a protected area, all it will need is an occasional re-application to retain its beautiful look.
    This is a large, roomy chair, that would look wonderful near a fireplace with a buffalo plaid blanket!  It is large enough for an adult to comfortably hold a child in.  It stands 45 inches from the floor to the top of the back.  The seat is 19 1/2 inches from the floor.  The seat dimensions are 23 inches across and 20 1/2 front to back.
    This is a sturdy comfortable chair that would accommodate anyone!

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