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Question DetailsAsked on 2/26/2012

I need someone to cut out 4 wood chair seats that I plan to recover. Is it possible to find someone for a job so small? I have the wood.

I am trying to replace kitchen chair seats that had become mildew. I plan to recover the wooden inset and already have the material. I just need someone with the equipment to cut out the pattern that I've traced. I don't know anyone with a jigsaw to do that and since the job is so small, I don't know if I'll find someone here. Is it possible?

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Of course, I'm sure there are a variety of handymen on Angies List that would be pleased to help with your project. You may even find the cost to be very affordable if you can bring the chairs to them to save the service person time and gas.

One thought, if you dont have a fiend or neighbor with the required equipment are you aware of any wood shops at a local school (junior high, high school or community college)?

These types of instructional environments often love to help out on small projects for people in the local community.

Answered 8 years ago by HMDhome


Don't know why this popped up in the current questions list - appears to be 5 years old, but just in case you reposted the question somehow -

If mildewed but not rotten, just a good washing with undiluted chlorine bleach with a bit of liquid dish soap and, if you have any, then if you have it with Borax powder (from laundry aisle, acts to prevent regrowth of the mildew) should kill the mildew, then after dry (without clear water rinsing if you do the borax treatment) let dry slowly, not in direct sun, to reduce the chance of cracking, then hand sand with about 60-80 grit sandpaper to remove the residual surface contamination and smooth it - that should eliminate the smell and you should be able to recover if. If it still smells after that painting with Kilz primer (oil type works much better than the water based but more mess painting and cleaning up) should prep it for recovering. Granted, if you Kilz it it will not look original so I would not do that if an antique.

[If the insert is plywood the washing should be wet rag, not any immersion to prevent delamination - but either way keep the extent of wetting as limited as practical while still washing well.]

Professionally for the cleanup, new insert, or the total job - Furniture - Repair and Refinishing or Upholstering - General would be the Search the List categorty for the two types of work - many from each category will do both, but some furniture repair shops farm out the upholstering and many upholstery shops farm out any wood repair work.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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