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From Firewood To Pool Furniture... Chase Lounge Rescue

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Project by BusterB posted 07-16-2015 10:27 PM 1269 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has had this chase lounge for several years but the sun and weather finally broke the fabric down. Since, unlike Jim Jakosh, stretching fabric mesh for outdoor furniture is not in my skill set, it was scheduled for a trip to the scrap pile. I got to studying on the frame and decided that I might be able to convert it to wooden slats. Buying wood would have been the simple answer and much easier but when have y’all known me to do anything the easy way? I had salvaged some short cedar slabs out of my father in laws woodpile last year and they have been laying around the shop since then. After checking to see if they were long enough, I began to mill slats for the build. The slats are 5/8ths thick and I notched each end so the slats would sit between the side rails partially. The slats vary in width between 1” to 3”. Predrilled and countersunk the holes for the self tapping screws. Sanded to 220 grit so it would be nice and smooth…can’t have folks getting splinters in their backsides…lol Finished with wipe on poly. The wife seemed quite pleased and I didn’t have to buy another chair for the pool area…win-win!!!! Lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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farmerdude

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#1 posted 07-16-2015 10:56 PM

Another fine job by BusterB! That is one rite purty sittin chair. It also looks like it may be a comfy sippin seat. I wish the cedar up here had the color yours has. You know what they say about happy wife…. except that may not apply to you if the ole boy freezes to death from you stealing all his firewood. Great job buddy.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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luv2learn

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#2 posted 07-16-2015 11:53 PM

Buster, you have a pool? Wow!! LOL!! I think the cedar is a definite upgrade. That is one classy looking chase lounge now. Nice save buddy. A cool pool, classy lounge chair, and a happy wife. Can’t beat that combination!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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greg48

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#3 posted 07-16-2015 11:57 PM

Buster, the after pic is certainly an improvement over the before pic. Now you need a cedar sauna to put the chaise lounger into.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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BusterB

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#4 posted 07-17-2015 12:31 AM

Jeff- Thank you buddy. I think he will be just fine. Of course I could hope he got mad enough to demand his daughter back…lol

L2L- thank you sir. Yes sir we got a vinyl coated cement pond…heck it even has water in it…most days…lol

Greg- Thank you sir. Don’t say that about the hot tub too loud. She is spoiled enough as is….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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whitebeast88

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#5 posted 07-17-2015 12:54 AM

Great looking lounger.turned out very nice.if it’s been as hot there as it’s been here the pools coming in handy.the cedar looks nice along with the metal.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 07-17-2015 03:47 AM

Nice recovering job, Buster. I’m sure your wood covering will last a whole lot longer than those vinyl strips I put on and your look so much better!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Hawaiilad

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#7 posted 07-17-2015 04:11 AM

What a great idea and I saw it just in time. We bought 3 of lounges something like that several years ago from Salvation Army store (they came from one of the many Hotels on the Island) for about $10 each and they are in need of help. Now I know just what to do with them. But like others, we don’t have that Eastern Cedar here so I’ll try something else…perhaps some Koa and Mango boards. Thanks for sharing your idea. Not sure the wipe on Poly will hold up here..might need something a bit stronger and longer lasting. By the way, how comfy is it?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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majuvla

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#8 posted 07-17-2015 05:48 AM

Real beauty! Where is the pool? Someone would put this in trash,but you gave it new value.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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CFrye

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#9 posted 07-17-2015 05:49 AM


She is spoiled enough as is….lol
- BusterB

Hmmm, wonder who made her that way? The cedar is quite the upgrade, Buster! Nicely done. I may raid the wood pile if it has lumber this good in it! What kind of metal are the self tapping screws? Thanks for sharing (or should I be saying that to your father-in-law?).

-- God bless, Candy

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Todd Barrone

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#10 posted 07-17-2015 06:20 AM

Man Oh man I see a new cedar king on the horizon LOL, great job buddy!

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneFarm

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BusterB

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#11 posted 07-17-2015 12:25 PM

Marty- Thank you buddy. It’s been plenty warm around here as well. They posted a heat advisory for today and tomorrow. Have another couple of projects I hoped to work on but I am not sure that is going to happen….lol

Jim- Thank you sir.

Larry- Thank you sir. I bet this project would look cool in Koa like you used for the porch swing. What finish does a man living on a tropical island use anyhow???

Ivan- thank you shop tool wonder guy. The metal recycling place was this things next stop but it has been given a stay of execution for a while.

Candy- thank you mam. I have no idea how that woman got so spoiled or what sort of metal they make self tapping screws out of….some things just are…lol

Todd- thank you cedar king. After a few days of being covered in cedar dust and dealing with the mess, you have no fears of being dethroned buddy.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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JoeinGa

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#12 posted 07-17-2015 03:50 PM

From trash to treasure … Nice upgrade !
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“Win – win” you say? HMMmmmm Now where have I heard that before???
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-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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doubleDD

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#13 posted 07-17-2015 07:04 PM

Oh yes, what a comeback. I should use this idea on a couple chairs I have starting to show their age. Nice going Buster.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Hawaiilad

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#14 posted 07-17-2015 07:43 PM

Buster, most wood items that are placed outside in our wonderful weather call for Man of War finish. Seems to hold up the best for a year or two at least….or of course ‘Paint’....but that is for the wife to use, not me on wood if I can help it.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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BusterB

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#15 posted 07-17-2015 09:08 PM

Joe- thank you sir. Thinking it may have been a weird lil fellow who used to live in Knoxville who introduced me to the “Win-Win” concept. Can’t remember the name though….seems to me he worked at the big orange box store….lol

Dave- thank you sir. Be interested in seeing your spin on this project….can see it more likely you turning a new chase lounge design out on the lathe…lol

Larry- I am guessing man of war finish is a three inch coat of varnish??? The wife and I have talked about moving to Roatan Honduras after we retire. We took a tour of the island a few months back and they were explaining the concept of a months long rainy season…may have to get more info on finishing projects in a tropical environment from you…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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