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Project by Woodcanuck posted 1579 days ago 2292 views 22 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A pair of folding deck chairs I made a couple of years ago as a ‘cottage warming’ gift for my parents.

They are made from white cedar, stained with a cherry/mahogany stain in an effort to get close to the teak furniture used in other parts of the house, but keeping them light enough to be carried in and out of the cottage.

The plans for these were purchased at Lee Valley, I kept pretty close to the plans, just making some minor adjustments during the build process where my stock was thinner or thicker than called for in the plan.

There is a copper tube across the bottom of the back legs that is used to lock the folding mechanism in place when the chair is in use. The machanism is pretty good, but I suspect it will loosen over time and need to be tightened up or rebuilt. This may not be the case if I had used a harder wood, but all in all I’m pretty happy with the outcome.

The final finish is a spar varnish and light coat of wax.

-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.





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dvhart

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#1 posted 1579 days ago

They turned out great! So why the spar varnish AND the coat of wax? What does the wax buy you?

-- Darren

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Woodcanuck

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#2 posted 1579 days ago

There are quite a few pine trees overhanging the deck, they tend to drip a lot of sap onto anything on the deck. I’ve found that sap bonds nicely to the varnish, but not as nicely to the waxed varnish.

So far, it’s made it that bit easier for cleaning the chairs and getting any gooey mess deposited by the trees.

Ian

-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.

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richgreer

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#3 posted 1579 days ago

Very well done.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Cher

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#4 posted 1579 days ago

Well made and it looks comfy too.

-- When you know better you do better.

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okwoodshop

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#5 posted 1579 days ago

I like the seat shape and the arms. you did a great job.

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donjoe

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#6 posted 1579 days ago

Nice chairs. Good job.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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Ken90712

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#7 posted 1579 days ago

Very nice …. Look comfy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Sarit

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#8 posted 1578 days ago

Its awesome when you can’t even tell its a folding chair.

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