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Old 09-16-2010, 07:59 PM   #1
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Re-webbing vintage lawn chairs

Im starting a new project:

Anyone re-web old aluminum lawn chairs? I just won 71' of webbing on Ebay to do two chairs and unscrewed the screws holding the webbing on and found I need to install grommets on the new webbing.

Is installing the metal grommets easy? Is it a plier like device that you use to crimp them down?
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They have grommets and a grommet installation rig at the home centers. Only one size grommet though, so I hope its the right size.

Neat project. Good luck and post some pictures when you're done.

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Old 09-16-2010, 08:18 PM   #3
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Re-Webbing "Before's"

Here are the "before" pics.
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re webbing aluminum lawn chairs

I have re webbed this type of chairs for years and have yet to use grommets. When you fold down the corners to form the ends you will have four layers of material to screw through. All you will need would be washers under the screw heads. I have never had a screw pull through doing it this way.
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Agree with altnbndr - grommets not needed. I used an old soldering iron with a pointed tip to make the holes for the screws. The heat makes it easy to make the holes and also fuses the webbing fibers together to prevent fraying. A fun project! Best wishes!

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We just today found 2 old aluminum folding lawn chairs stored in our attic; now I know where to find the webbing! Thanks!
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Before putting the webbing back on, give it a once over with some polish. This is what happened when I found this one at a garage sale. I stripped and re-varnished the wood slats. I have a lounge chair I've been working on too but it still needs an appropriate vintage-looking cushion.

I know, it's a disease.

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Old 09-17-2010, 09:16 AM   #8
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So Im not the only one contemplating polishing the chairs too huh! ; )
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Not at all. We're a certifiable lot. Welcome to the loonie bin.

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vintage lawn chairs?

I thought that was a log, or a rock! How do you polish one of those? and speaking of polish-are y'all polishing the aluminum before webbing? on a serious side...my nephews found a way to use jute to make new "seating" for such chairs-colored and in patterns-they weaved it. Wove? Well, they "Woved" a lot when done.
yeah, i know, I am looking for a photo, now...
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Polish

Ok ya talked me into it (didnt take much)

I will polish before I reweb them.

I will def post pics guys!

WMARSHA~The jute idea sounds pretty cool too! Will watch for pics if ya find 'em!
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Chair is done!

Here is before, after polish and after new webbing photos.
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Now that is classy!! Great job!!

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