Hi friends, last night, my partner and I came across quite literally the greatest treasure there ever was and were fortunate enough to purchase 10 Niels Moller Model 57 chairs for a steal (at the price we paid, we actually felt like thieves)!
The best case scenario would have been that we keep them in their original condition but with closer inspection, we found almost half of the chairs had some scratches, minor blemishes and tears to the upholstery that we'd ideally like to fix. With that, I think our plan is to refinish and re-upholster all the chairs with a light application of the strip, sand, oil routine.
My inquiry here is 3 parts:
1. Perhaps it was the late night lighting at fault here but when we looked at the wood, it looked too dark to be teak and appeared almost dark enough to be rosewood. Taking a look at them this morning, they do appear to be teak - can anyone else help do a sanity check on the wood type for us?
2. Feeling the chairs, they feel sort of plastic-y in that all of the surfaces are incredibly smooth. I suspect that the chairs have a layer of lacquer or polyurethane on them. Will acetone and sanding be enough to remove all of this finish off or is there something else I should explore?
3. The joint where the arms attached to the stiles are loose on quite a number of the chairs and we're considering using some wood glue and clamps to secure them again. Is this advisable or is there a better method to secure this?
I've attached photos for your reference!
Thanks in advance DA!