Project Log -- Antique Lincoln Chair
I don't know what I did with the original pictures of this beautiful old Lincoln rocker. So I'll start off with a picture of the nearly finished product. This one came to me with a heavily damaged and soiled shellac finish. I wouldn't be surprised if it was original and this chair is dated sometime between 1850 and 1900, so that finish was pretty much gone. I tried a deep cleaning, but all that did was reveal more damage, so I spoke with the owver and he decided to go ahead with a full refinishing.
Below you can get an idea of the degree of wear and damage this piece had.
The first step was to clean off all of the old finish. I don't like to use chemical strippers, but the detail of the carvings really called for it. Fortunately, it cleaned up nicely and quickly.
Eventually, I got it all stripped. Then I had to reglue and peg all of the joints and repair some deep gouges and chips. When I got that all finished, I gave it a light staining with some General Finishes Mahogany Oil stain and let it dry for several days.
After I let the stain dry I applied a satin finish and polished and waxed it to a deep luster.
Now it's over at the upholsterer's shop getting new fabric and padding. It's going to be a beautiful family heirloom.