Tuam/Mayo Chair part 2.

Education, Retro Revival

In this video I undertake the process of disassembling the chair prior to repair and cleaning down old surface finish.

Chair Restoration Process: Sligo Chairs

Before Restoration: The two chairs we have are the Sligo chairs. To assess their condition, we need to examine the joints closely. There are peg joints in these chairs.

Investigating the Joints: Usually, pegged joints do not involve glue. Let’s check if glue is used in these joints. I will demonstrate this on camera.

Removing Pegs: Gently tap out the pegs; you may need a dowel for this. Use a dowel slightly smaller than the peg. The pegs should come out easily.

Examining the Joints: Now that we’ve removed the pegs, let’s inspect the joints. A tenon is visible, which adds strength to the joint. Disassemble all chair parts and clean them thoroughly. Ensure all the glue residue is removed.

Reassembly and Polishing: Once cleaned, reassemble the chair. Make sure all parts belong to this chair. Prior to assembly, consider polishing the components.

Additional Notes: In some cases, there might be dowels on the sides. Modern cabinet makers may not use screws unless necessary. Mark the inside of the legs for reference.

Conclusion: Repeat the same process for the other side. If the wings are not glued, leave them as is. Ensure all peg holes are empty before proceeding. Marks can be useful for reassembly.

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