Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Woodard Manufacturing Marks and Removing Damaged Glides

While I was removing the glides I was able to get an up close look at the bottom of the Woodard patio furniture and found three different manufacturer marks (labels).  Usually I can tell if a piece of wrought iron furniture is a Woodard piece by the quality but it's nice to know that there are manufacturer marks to look for if you are not sure. 
 The Woodard paper label.  This was found on a three piece sofa set that I am going to guess was made in the 70's.  I found it on the bottom frame that hold the cushions.
On another one piece sofa I found an embossed label on the frame that holds the cushions.
The third type was found on the bottom of a mesh seat of a dining chair and it is a welded on metal label.

You will need to look closely to find these marks especially if your piece has been painted multiple times.

The glides came out fairly easy using a slotted screw driver to lift out the broken glides.
Glides where the only remaining part was the outer edge required the use of a slotted screw driver to get between the cup and the outer edge.  About 50% of the time this required a hammer to tap the screw driver.
When the entire glide is still remaining but it is worn flat so that there is no edge to pry on requires the use of a hammer and slotted screw driver to punch a hole in the center so you can pry it up and out.

If the glide is fully intact just use your slotted screw driver to gently pry up the edge a little at a time so that you do not damage the glide and it can be reinstalled after you repaint.
I love that the original color of the furniture is revealed when you remove the glides.  Some of the chairs were originally painted a bright yellow and a sofa was pink in an earlier life.  Soon they will be satin black. Which I think is a step up from yellow and pink, don't you think?