I was surprised to see my Burke Model #116 on the doorstep today, wasn't expecting it to arrive until mid-week. Here's a photo of it assembled out of the box. I'm planning to dress it up like the chair from Kirk's Quarters and seen in episodes like Court Martial etc. with the orange/gold checkered upholstery fabric. Will update with more photos as I get around to converting it. I picked it up from the original owner who only used it as a guest chair with his table and armless burke chair set. It is in excellent condition and the swivel mechanisim works like new. I've ordered a set of triangles for it from Ralph Miller.
The cushion looks to be in great shape too.Are you going to sew the material yourself?
That is beautiful!!! Keep us updated!
It's funny I'm better with tools than a sewing machine. Hoping to pick up the back and cushion from Ralph Miller.
The original Burke cushion is in great shape and still has the original Velcro, tags and anti slip matting.
Could you take a picture of the bottom? I've wanted to get a better look at how the aluminum legs were cast. Look forward to your project.
I'll just leave this here, to provide some inspiration...
(More of Ralph MIller's handiwork)
Here's a quick phone photo of the base I took before heading out to home depot to pick up some feet for it.
Thanks for the inspiration Dave, I'm adding to and coordinating with those pillows
Here's a photo of the one from Kirk's quarters made by @JamesCawley I snaped the photo of it at STST when we were there.
I got some adhesive felt glides that fit it and will not harm hardwood floors. Does anyone know where to pick up replacement glides for these chairs?
Here's a close up of the actual feet.
Here's a photo of what the original Burke feet glides/slides looks like. Still haven't found replacements but this is what the OEM part looked like.
Yes, that's the fabric we produced to emulate the original orange/red checkerboard. Just beautiful!
With a free day today it was a good opportunity to take the chair apart, sand and prime the base.
A better shot of the bottom of the 116 base primed for @Lt.Washburn
So far so good!
Great job @DigiGal.
After sanding and priming again the base is painted with textured paint for durability.
Close-up detail to see the texture.
That looks really good.
Curious @DigiGal why the textured surface?
Textured paint will certainly be more durable. This is desirable for chair legs that will naturally get underfoot and shoes. The texture is very similar to other office/task chair bases/legs and I've read others have even had their Burke bases powder coated. The Burke 116 chair at STST that I posted a picture of earlier also had textured base/legs.