Replacement Lumber

I have been looking all over the internet for chair slats to repair my French garden chairs.

French folding chairs need repair.
French folding chairs need repair.

Apparently the only group repairing this style of chair is Bryant Park in New York City but they don’t give any details.

A broken slat
A broken slat

I pulled a broken slat from one of the chairs and took it to Home Depot to see what, if anything, similar is available.

Stain-ready pine slat
Stain-ready pine slat

I looked down the trim aisle where we found 7/16 by 1-5/8 pine with squared edges.

Almost the same width.
Almost the same width.

The width and depth made it a reasonable if not ideal choice.

The thickness was also similar.
The thickness was also similar.

At $2.21 a linear foot I decided to look a little more.

3/8 by 2 inch mullion
3/8 by 2 inch mullion

Then I spied a primed pine mullion — 3/8 by 2 inches.

The mullion was the same size as my slat and the edges were rounded.
The mullion was the same size as my slat and the edges were rounded.

It was almost exactly the same size and the top edges were rounded much like the original slates. The price is $1.68 per linear foot. Still relatively expensive.

Now I just need to wrangle the chairs from behind the shutters in the shed.
Now I just need to wrangle the chairs from behind the shutters in the shed.

I purchased an 8-foot piece of the pine mullion which should work for sturdy chair repairs.

What spring repairs are you planning?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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