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This is my first attempt to post a project to Lumberjock’s, so I just pulled an old one from my blog to test (http://www.intheworkshop.info). More to come eventually.
This is from Sept 2005:
This past weekend I repaired two wooden garden benches that we purchased about seven years ago. This was the second time in seven years that I performed major repairs on these benches and they probably won’t be able to be repaired again (or rather won’t be worth repairing). In that same seven years, an Adirondack chair that I made sat out in the yard next to the benches. This year I repainted it, and it looks brand-new….it will last many, many more years. In fact after its new paint, I think that it is indistinguishable from the two new Adirondack chairs that I made this summer.
Can you tell which of the chairs above is seven years old and which two are new?
While it may be true that you can buy furniture now-a-days for the same price as the materials to make it yourself (not to mention the tools)...there is no comparison is quality or longevity. Something you make will last a lifetime, something modern that you buy will likely not last 10 years.
Chairs are made of oak and are based on Norm’s old design and have held up like-new out in the weather all this time. A good, basic design.
I had the sense to make patterns for the parts when I made the first one, so these two are only took about 4 hours each to fully complete from lumber-to-finish (minus paint).
-- -- Matt Sanfilippo, Pittsburgh, Pa., www.intheworkshop.info