I was on a bike ride through the town of Paoli, and I came across a pretty intriguing find. I saw this skeleton of a chair in a dumpster out of the corner of my eye, stopped, and though, “I have to come back and get this.” I knew that I could turn it into something worth getting excited about. All I could think about the whole ride home was what I was planning to do with this next project. In the coming weeks, hippie Christmas came to Madison once again (the big August 14th move out date), and I knew I would be able to find some nice wood to use on this chair. I found a very nice oak kitchen table, sanded it down, and shaped it to fit the side profile of the chair. The rest of chair is made up of red oak trim pieces from the hardware store. Being rectangular, I thought it would look nice to bevel the edges to create a fluid and clean look to the chair. I knew this would add quite a bit of time to the project, but I thought it’d be worth it.
I wanted to preserve the natural color and finish of the wood, so I decided to use tung oil to finish and protect it. So, after about 30 hours of hard work, I completed what is now a very solid piece of oak furniture made into a reclaimed wood chair. Yay hippie Christmas.