Today I spent the morning looking for enough wood to finish my Adirondack patio set. I went to two Lowes stores and pretty much cleaned them out of 1×3 Douglas Fir decking boards which is what I’m using for my seat slats and most of my back slats (I use one 1×4 for the middle back slat on the single chairs and 2 1×4s and 1 1×6 on the settee).
The actual width of 2 3/8” is perfect and I just have to cut them to length. The problem is that there is never enough good 1×3 boards in stock to complete a project this big with one shopping trip. After cleaning out the second store, I still ended up buying several 1×4 and 1×6 boards to rip down. The 1×3 boards are also the best price, which seems odd because logically, you would think the price per piece would be less if I had to take a 1×6x12 and rip it to 2 3/8” myself.
I am building up a good supply of long thin cutoffs from this project, so I thinks it’s getting to be time to build an arbor to use them up.
As of this evening, I’m finished cutting all of the parts for all of my chairs and the settee. I’ll spend tomorrow assembling everything and hopefully, get started priming if I don’t have too many distractions. I’d really like to have these done so we can enjoy them this weekend. My daughters love the first chair and have each taken turns relaxing in it while they watch me work.
Working on a project like this in my garage sure does attract the neighbors. I’ve had several people stop to see what I’m building and to test drive chair #1. Last night an entire family that just moved in across the street came over to look at my “workshop”. The grandparents just moved here from China to live with their Daughter’s family, and don’t speak much English at all, but Grandpa knows woodworking and really liked my tools.
-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."