old rocking chair with chew marks

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Old 04-04-09, 10:41 AM
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old rocking chair with chew marks

My wife purchased an old rocking chair at a garage sale. It might be fairly old because my parents had one just like it for many years.

The problem is that somewhere in its history a dog chewed the wood (mainly the rockers).

I'd like to fix the chew marks without having to totally refinish the chair (love the color of the finish as it is now).
 
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Old 04-04-09, 01:52 PM
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I turned the chair over

label on the underside says Tell City Chars 4209 and a half
Mahogany 27
 
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Old 04-06-09, 04:27 AM
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On problems similar to yours I have used Elmers wood filler.

Fill the holes, sand smooth (carefully) and touch up the repairs with art colors (oil base).

An aerosole lacquer of the proper sheen will complete the job once the colors have dried.

ps: Use naphtha or another HIGH speed paint thinner to thin the oild paints - this way they dry faster.
 
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Old 04-07-09, 09:39 AM
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old rocking chair with chew marks

I'll have to look for art colors. Any suggestions of where to get them?

The underside of the chair says it was made by tell city chairs in Indiana. Their web page suggests Sherwin Williams Oil stains and the underside says the finish is Mahogany (the wood looks like Oak).

Sherwin Williams wanted $16 for a quart of stain when I only needed a small amount. As a result I purchased another brand in a much smaller tin. I took a couple pics with my digital camera and compared the color with the swatches to make my choice.
 
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Don't know how big a city (town?) you're in...

Many super stores (including Walmart) carry these materials as well as the brushes in their craft department
 
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I'll have to look for them (I'm in Denver).

Thinking...I have a box of wood dyes of various natural colors.

I'm going to run some tests to see what kind of a match I can get before working on the chair.
 
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