I am excited and scared at the current moment! i just picked up 3 Niels moller model 56 dining arm chairs with danish cord in bad shape for a total of 30$ (20$ for the decent one and 5$ each for the poor shape ones) was driving back from lunch and stopped in a thrift store i dont normally go to (found a single russel wright plate) I was cutting back through some very depressed neighborhoods to get back to the main road and i spotted what i thought was a moller chair on someones porch.
Pulled over, went on the porch of the older row house (kinda scared i might add) and knocked. no answer. not sure if anyone even lived there. went to the neighbor house and knocked, no answer. walked back to my car and started writing a note to leave when the neighbor walked out. (she spoke very very little English) when she finally got what i was trying to say she showed me the phone number for the person with the moller chair. i called, she answer and i made my odd request and she said her husband would be back in 10 min.
The ladies husband was there and i said i wanted to buy the chair on the porch. He said 20$ and i paid him. when i was about to leave he said if i would be interested in the other two? I was like other two?! (thinking maybe inside the house and in better condition) he walked me around the house to them just sitting on their sides on the ground with nothing covering them except a tree. He said how much would you pay for these since they were in much worse shape. I threw out 5$ a chair and he was ok with that.
While loading them awkwardly in to my small coupe trying to make all 3 fit, i asked where the guy had gotten the chairs from, and he responded, for free, as him and his boss cleans out junk from houses on the side.
SO now to point! i have 30$ into these. I have never done danish paper cord but have a book on it as i have been wanting to learn to do it.
The one from the porch is not in bad shape. still tight joints and no cracks. needs alot of sanding to clean the teak but i can restore it with my skill level.
ON THE OTHER TWO, i have never refinished something this bad and some joints are loose and the tops of the chair backs have cracks from wood swelling. Should i break apart the chairs and clean them up and then re-glue. how do i break still tight glue joints and what are some tips and tricks to danish paper cord that you have leaned from experience from doing it that might not be in the books.
thanks fellow design addicts