|Project by Dadoo||posted 08-23-2009 09:53 PM||5572 views||25 times favorited||11 comments|
I’ve been wanting to build this since I bought the Better Homes and Gardens Great Outdoor Projects magazine back in 2001. I’ve recently come upon some scrap Cyprus from a log cabin being built, so I decided to do this project.
The frame is made of pine and stained with several coats of Cabot’s Deck Stain in Dark Forest Green. The seats and table/armrests are done with the salvaged Cyprus and coated with several coats of Minwax Red Oak stain. I want this to last, so I insured that every square inch is stained and therefore protected. Yes, even the feet! The screws are all deck rated, recessed and the holes plugged with Minwax Wood Putty.
As for the plans…they give you a good idea of the sizes and shapes but that’s where it ends. I found “many” measurement errors, shape errors…hell, I even ended up with 4 extra carriage bolts! (I went over these plans a hundred times and still cannot find out where they go!) I did have to ad-lib where the back slats came in because my supplies were only 2 1/4” wide and the plan called for 5 1/8” widths.
Would I do it again? Sure…Knowing now where the errors are, the next one would be easy.
Is it comfortable? You bet!
-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!