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Blog entry by James Alberding posted 06-28-2012 07:40 PM 6417 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The other night I ate a fortune cookie and thought, hmm this one is accurate….

How did that cookie know I would be writing about accomplishing my first furniture build?

I had fun building this chair. And now I’m going to be focusing on making it easier to build the next ones. I would like some input on what everyone’s opinions on what wood they think is best for outdoor furniture like this, and what looks best. I’m going to try cedar for the next one.

If you followed along with this as I built my first project, thanks for reading. The information on my router I received was very helpful. So here is the final product, and its already sold :)

Stay tuned, I’m working on setting up my router table to make things easier, and a couple projects using used pallet wood that I have started hoarding!

Thanks again,

James Alberding

-- measure once, cut twice...



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HerbC

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#1 posted 06-28-2012 07:49 PM

If you were on the east coast I’d suggest either aromatic red cedar (also called eastern red cedar) or cypress. Since you’re in Seattle those might be a bit pricey, so I’d try the western red cedar or perhaps redwood, although it would probably be a bit soft for furniture…

Nice job and congratulations on the sale. Hope you got paid a reasonable price and didn’t just give it away because somebody liked it…

Good Luck and…

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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Retsof

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#2 posted 06-28-2012 10:49 PM

I think it looks great in poplar. Nice work!

I’d prime and paint it with some high gloss exterior paint if you are going to leave it outdoors all season.

Building a set in cedar would be ideal, but I can’t get cedar here in Las Vegas without special ordering it as our lumber yards and big box stores keep it in stock. I looked a building with redwood, but it was very expensive and the quality of the boards at the big box stores was pretty poor (mostly sap wood or really warped and twisted stuff).

I just built a five piece set (three chairs, a settee, and a coffee table) out of kiln dried Douglas Fir, because I didn’t want to spend more making my patio set than I could buy them for, and I was planning on painting them white due to the insane heat we get out here in Vegas. I figured out that with wood, screws, glue, paint, and primer, it cost me about $135 per chair (the table was almost free because I built it from the left over scraps). Redwood would have added about another $100 per chair.

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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#3 posted 06-29-2012 02:29 AM

@herb, I made out pretty good. I’ll have a better idea f what it cost me to build one when I get the material for my next one, then ill know better what to sell it for in the future. I’m not making them to make any money, but if I have the opportunity ill take it. I already have someone who wants me to build a bunch for the beach house they are having built, and I’ve heard from a few others who would want to buy some. So hopefully I can make enoughto fund the 6 chairs I want for my own house :)
I was told today that the western red cedar is probably too soft for furniture. But I was looking at this Tennessee, red cedar and it smelled soooo damn good! I’m thinking about using white oak for the next time maybe. But I really haven’t made up my mind. Really its all about cost or me.

@retsof, thank you! At least I have a project you like almost as much as I like your planter boxes :) I will deliver some cedar if dinner and drinks on the strip are on you LOL

-- measure once, cut twice...

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#4 posted 06-30-2012 10:47 PM

That’s a deal! I don’t make it down to the strip these days unless I have guests in town, and none of them have ever brought me lumber.

I discovered that the planters are the perfect size to hold two 16” pots ($9.38 each at Home Depot). I started working on three more yesterday. One of them, I’ll be turning into a toy box with lid for a paying customer. The other two are for me. The three-piece legs take so much time to set up and cut out, that I figured I may as well make a bunch at a time.

You should build one yourself. They are great practice for cutting mortice and tenon joints and they are a lot less expensive to build than the chairs. I estimate that mine cost less than $50 each because they are mostly made from 2×4’s.

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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#5 posted 07-01-2012 07:56 AM

I actually just finished building my own planter box. But I didn’t have any plans. I just winged it. I’m going to put some sealer on it tomorrow before I post a project. its made completely of free wood that I have salvaged from round where I work, and pallets. It’s roughly 4’ long, 1’ wide, 1’deep, stands 2’ tall. the only thing I paid for are the coated screws and the landscaping fabric to line the inside with that I needed for my front yard anyway.

-- measure once, cut twice...

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