I was recently given an antique cane bottom chair and
am attempting to refinish it.
Having stripped the ugly green paint from it (man that
methyl chloride does burn) I find the wood (oak, I
think) has a lot of "character" and am not interested
in painting it. While I could stain it I am wondering
what you experienced folks have to say about boiled
linseed oil (with about 5% japan drier as suggested in
FWW's Methods of Work) as a finish for this chair.
In addition the cane has disintegrated and I have
ordered some as replacement along with the spline
(after careful measurement of the groove.) Do I
replace the seat and then apply the linseed oil or
apply the finish first and then replace the seat?
Too, the directions for replacing the seat look fairly
straightforward, on paper at least, but I've never
done it before and my past experience has demonstrated that things are
rarely as simple as
they look. I believe I can do it but an old pro here
in Atlanta told me very brusquely not to bother
trying as it wasn't worth the effort. Of course
he would do it... for a price.
Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.