3879272If your at the church rummage sale and you see aThis is the end result of the repairs on the two chairs I have been working on and the finish with this fabric is outstanding. You can get results like this when you take your time and make good joint repairs, use a good urethane stain and take time to apply a professional grade clear coat. In this case, I applied four coats of Semi-Gloss High Performance Top Coat and then hand sanded between each coat. Before the last coat, I sanded with 400 grit sandpaper. The gallery below shows some of the last repairs made on Chair 2. Coming up, I will be making repairs to a very historical chair built by Nichols and Stone of Gardner Massachusetts. As always, If you need help with a project drop me a line, and to follow all of our whimsical projects, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/popsrestorations chair like the one pictured for five dollars, go ahead and pick it up and bring it over. I will gladly double your money! I was at the neighbors awhile back and happened to comment about a chair she had sitting in the corner. She told me that it was purchased at the church rummage sale for five dollars as she liked the way it looked. When I picked it up and looked at the bottom of the chair I got quite a shock. This chair turned out to be an original Nichols and Stone, Knuckle Arm Sack Back Windsor, made in Gardner Massachusetts.

As early as 1762, there was a Nichols Brothers Chair Manufactory in Westminster, Massachusetts. As the country grew, the Nichols’ chair business grew as well and by 1857, it was already an established company that became the benchmark in craftsmanship. At the turn of the century, the business was moved to neighboring Gardner, Massachusetts to gain easier access to the railway. The second of two fires leveled the plant, but adversity was turned into opportunity. An updated brick factory was opened in 1907 by Charles Nichols, with his new partner Reuben Stone, under the name Nichols & Stone. They originally focused on Windsor Chairs and Boston Rockers, but eventually grew the line to include other furniture pieces. In 2008, the intellectual property, designs and other assets of Nichols and Stone was purchased by L & JG Stickley of Manlius New York. However, those original windsor chairs from the Gardner Massachusetts plant are cherished by many collectors.

So here I am restoring a chair built by an original American Craftsman. The old maple stain and original finish is in bad shape and one of the knuckles was cracked, but with some hand work, this chair after it gets the final coats of finish, is going to look like Thomas Jefferson sat in it. Click on the gallery below to see this chair transformed.