Friday at Brad’s Bench May 9th

A Little Bit of
Buried Treasure

 

A
friend of mine had an old two-seater Adirondack chair that she figured was rotting
and ready for the landfill. But she liked it so much, that she asked me to copy
it for her, but build it using composite decking material. Not my favorite
material to work with but I agreed and said I'd come over and pick up the old
chair to use as a pattern.

When I came to pick
up the chair, it was sitting in the front yard sagging and sad-looking with
multiple coats of peeling paint with a few spots of black-looking wood here and
there. It was pouring rain at the time, so I wanted to throw it in the truck and
go. I lifted one end and was surprised at how heavy this thing was. I figured
it was just water-logged and didn't want to stand in the rain to investigate
any further.

Once
I started dismantling the chair, I discovered that it wasn't water-logged at
all. The reason it was so heavy was because it was teak. I pulled off a few
parts, scraped off some of the paint and headed for the jointer. Although there
were some rotten spots where the screws had been, the rest of the wood was
beautiful.

My friend who ordered the chair said she didn't want the wood and
that I could keep it. Now I just have to figure out a project. Since I'm a bit
limited because of the screw holes, I'm thinking small, slender boxes with sliding lids.