|Project by KnotCurser||posted 01-09-2010 09:24 PM||1603 views||4 times favorited||2 comments|
Needed to replace my deck chairs which were rusting and the paint was getting powdery. I really didn’t want to pay another 30-40 bucks per chair again and have to throw them away in another three years – what a waste!
Took a look at some wooden chairs for sale and drew up some plans. I took a ideas from a bunch of designs and came up with what you see here – sort of an Asian inspired Adirondack Chair I guess. If you have a better description I would love to hear it!
I THOUGHT I would be making a set of five chairs out of redwood, but wanted to make the first test one from PT Pine – way cheaper to make mistakes with. Once I got all the kinks worked out with my mortise and tenons and the correct proportions I was ready to show it off to the wife and start cutting up the redwood. To my surprise she REALLY liked the look and feel of the pine! So…........ I now have a five piece set of chairs for less than $50!
I put a coat of Australian Deck Oil on them and after a year of pretty bad weather they seem brand new!
All joints are held together with mortise and tenon joinery and Tightbond III Glue – I DID use screws on the seat slats and then plugged the holes.
I hope to replace the table this spring – it’ll do for now.
I am curious to hear what others think on these – I may be making a few more sets for a customer and could use all the suggestions I can get.
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