For the last several months my wife had been searching secondhand stores for a pair of old chairs that would make the perfect addition to the little front porch deck at our son and daughter-in-law’s new house. Well finally she found them… two well used, and thoroughly scuffed up, wooden chairs with green vinyl upholstered seats and backs. They looked like they might have lived their first life in a doctor’s office waiting room. Visualize “ridden hard, and hung up wet” and you’ll have a pretty good idea.
Within a few moments of seeing them it was decided that Booker and I would build some kind of cool little coffee table to complement the set. What follows are some photos of our project.
As you can see I didn’t even bother to photograph the chairs in their original condition. I thought they were kind of hideous when I examined them in the thrift store, but they were strong and well built. I knew I would be scraping off all the old finish anyway, so we brought them home and disassembled them.
Next step was sanding them down to the bare wood. Always a pretty gnarly endeavor, but always worth the effort.
While I was sanding the wood parts Susan was scrubbing the upholstered parts… I gotta think, just about as gnarly as my job.
Susan bought me a new router for our 36th anniversary a week earlier, so I used that cool tool to put some detail on the table legs.
We assembled a small frame for the little table and I notched in the legs.
Eventually, Booker and I would attach the legs with screws, then use wood plugs to cover the screw holes.
Ok, don’t look too close at the level because one of the table legs…. Ah, never mind. Did I mention that we drilled in adjustable metal feet in the bottom of each of the legs, just in case the deck boards were out of level… Yep, good idea.
For the tabletop we purchased a pre-cut 1-1/4 inch round top that only needed some 220 sanding and it was ready for stain.
After that Booker turned his attention to helping Grandma Suzie with the staining and finishing.
Several coats of stain later things were really starting to look good.
Finally the re-conditioned chairs and the new table are waiting at their new home on the porch for everyone to come over and sit a spell.