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  1. So, I requested a quote from a local testing lab here in Chicago in an effort to discover the composition of the metal used in creating these chairs. It's very important to re-create the 'bounce' and also, I'd prefer the chairs not snap in half in someone of 'size' sits in one and decides to test out the limits of the spring action. If interested, you can follow my progress on my new site. www.steelglider.com There is a blog section where I'll post results of my activities. Thanks again for all your help! Colin.
  2. Mark my words, I will learn to make these chairs. You all have been super helpful. I love this forum.
  3. Would you be able to take a few pics? I'm trying to sort out why my chairs have a hinge where the seat assembly joins the backrest.
  4. That is the only hinged junction. I assume it was designed like that to assist with the long lasting 'bounce'. Once this chair gets going...
  5. Ok, I can work with this. They were manufactured around 1940 I think. Bunting Glider Co from Pittsburg PA. I'll start some research. Thanks! Colin.
  6. I have no idea. I think they are solid flat iron. They are very heavy. There is no welding anywhere.
  7. Hi. My name is Colin. I would like to fabricate some turn off the century metal chairs. I have restored a few of these classics and would now like to replicate them. I have attached a pic. I assume I simply start from stock flat iron. The chairs are designed to 'bounce' like a rocking chair. Is this something I can take to a blacksmith or do I need to transfer the design to paper/computer? I'd like to make several of these chairs. Any suggestions would be awesome! Colin.
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