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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-05-2019, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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ok so I was given a set of mid 60's Samsonite folding chairs, now I understand they look like they came right out of the Brady Bunch set however because these things were so well made I figured it was time to bring them into the 21st century here is a before and after....
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Good job. Mine are all steel seats and backs, I suppose I could paint them .
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That is a nice upgrade. I hate sitting on a cold, steel seat. I wonder if you could glue some padding in place, or bolt a pad with a wood base over the steel?

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That is a nice upgrade. I hate sitting on a cold, steel seat. I wonder if you could glue some padding in place, or bolt a pad with a wood base over the steel?
Thinking about making wooden seats and bolting them on top of the metal, wood is warmer than metal, might even put a layer of foam between the wood and metal to soften them up.
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Just glad they are being saved and not tossed!
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ya these have another 50 years life left in them, don't think any of the new folding chairs they sell would last 20 years.
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Thinking about making wooden seats and bolting them on top of the metal, wood is warmer than metal, might even put a layer of foam between the wood and metal to soften them up.
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Interesting idea Herb. I wonder if it would be practical to try a diamond tuft design the one with buttons in the diamonds. The outer fabric could be rolled around the lips under the outer buttons and those and glue could hold them on.
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Marsha, Marsha, Marsha. I understand the Brady House recently sold for 1.8 million dollars.

Your chairs look very nice. The older stuff was well made making it worth refreshing them.
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Very nice.
Yesterday my daughter told to her husband to toss away an aluminum chair because two fabrics were broken. I hope to restore it for the BBQ meetings we use to do.
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