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Restoration in Progress: Chairs

I have two antique chairs that I planned to work on this week. Both chairs need repairs to the seats. One seat is missing entirely and the other is broken. I ordered supplies which came in earlier in the week and was excited to get started.

I planned to include upholstery tacks into the design. I don't work with those often and never such a large number of tacks. So I decided to practice on a project chair I had stashed away.

Apparently I'm not too good at hammering upholstery tacks as evidenced by the number of broken and bent ones in the photo below. The tacks that actually made it into the chair look like a two year old hammered them in -- not a straight line by any stretch of the imagination! No photo of the practice chair at this point. It's just too embarrassing, LOL!

My frustration levels got a wee bit too high, so I decided to take a break from the project and come back to it in the next week or two.

I think the answer to my problem is to pre-drill the nail holes.…

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