Long day's journey into plates


Today's challenge: rehab theater seating spaces that have worn out their attachment points.

Winters here are long and patrons often track in snow, slush, and salt, all of which eat away at hardwood floors. Add to that the wear and tear of the audience moving in and out of the chairs, and you've got some seating groups pulling loose from their moorings.

This client was looking for a solution that was cost effective, easy to implement, and could be done as-needed. Enter the chair plate - a metal bridge to increase the footprint of the chairs and bridge over any failing attachment points.


To make best use of both the budget and the properties of the metals, we are alternating steel (great strength but not immune to the effects of salt) and aluminum (good strength and not degraded by salt). Mount holes being drilled into the aluminum plates above.


Each hole had to be individually hand de-burred (above), making for a long-but-oddly-satisfying stretch after lunch.

Sub-optimal weather conditions were in place for the next step - painting - but with a number of projects juggling right now, we thought we'd test the waters.


Plates were painted and put under the watchful breeze of a fan.

Sadly, with it rainy and cold, paint adhesion issues saw their opportunity and pounced, doing a number on the finish:


They will dry over night and we'll have back at it as time allows.