Refurbished Patio chairs

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Project by William posted 03-29-2012 02:57 AM 3060 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our patio furniture had seen its better days. It had these plastic straps on the chairs that had all dry rotted and anytime someone tried sitting on them they went through them. My wife and I went patio furniture shopping. After breathing into a bag to get my breath, I decided to try refurnishing our old ones.
I looked around the shop at my available wood choices. My wife already had ideas of her own though. She wanted red oak. I tried explaining to her that it wasn’t a good choice, but that’s what she wanted. You know what they say. When mama aint happy, aint nobody happy. So I don’t know how well these will hold up. I will report in a year or so if they rot out right away. For now though, my wife is happy.

Each chair has fifty slats. Each slat is fitted with a cleat on each side on the back to hold them in place. The cleats are glued with Titebond II and shot with an 18GA brad nailer. These do not support any weight. They only hold the slats in place to keep them from sliding side to side.
All the metal on the chairs and table got two coats of Rustoleum Hunter Green.
All the wood got treated with Behr Premium Waterproofer.


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#1 posted 03-29-2012 03:15 AM

Your chair rehab came out great. Can I place an order for a set of six???

I have another project idea for you. I think the patio set wood look great with an umbrella made ENTIRELY of wood!!! Looking forward to your blog & project posting of your new umbrella!!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 03-29-2012 03:25 AM

I will post it as soon as I go buy one DIY, and it won’t be made of wood.
Believe it or not, you’re not the first to suggest that. My wife already beat you to it.
I’m telling you the same thing I told her.


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#3 posted 03-29-2012 05:08 AM

Turned out looking great! Nice work! The color of the oak and the green go really nicely together.

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#4 posted 03-29-2012 11:28 AM

It turned out nice William. Hopefully the red oak will give you a few good seasons. Keep pouring the Behr to it…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#5 posted 03-29-2012 06:46 PM

Thanks ya’ll.
I was debating on continuously pouring waterproofer to these. I have changed my mind though. I think I’m going to leave them alone. Although I done a lot of work on them, I think it would be of interest to me and you all as to just how long this red oak will withstand the weather.
We will see. Only time can tell.


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#6 posted 03-30-2012 03:38 AM

This looks far better than anything you can find in the stores! It will definitely last longer with a couple coats of polyurethane!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 03-30-2012 10:56 AM

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#8 posted 03-30-2012 01:01 PM

Beautiful job William. They look and probably feel gr8!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 08-09-2012 03:35 AM

Kool chair rehab William. I want to do something similar to some I got from a remodel. I only got three chairs though. So I’m planning on two chairs with slats of western red cedar to go with one of those 32 piece hexagon top tables I build. The other one I have some teak for and was figuring on keeping it. The chairs are a moss green now and I’m planning on stripping and leaving it a bushed aluminum.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#10 posted 08-09-2012 11:16 AM

My wife picked out the hunter green for these chairs devann. I like the brushed aluminum idea. I like metals that are left unpainted so they look like metals.
Anytime I see things though unpainted that usually are it reminds me of a truck I seen at the Salt Flats out west one time. It was a Model T that had been customized into a hot rod truck. The entire body had been stripped down to bare metal and then coated with multiple coats of exterior poyurethane. This gave it a shiny look up close, yet from a distance, it looked like just bare metal. It was a thing of beauty.

I wish I had been able to get my hands ahold of some red cedar when I done this project. While the oak is holding up better than most people told me it would, I can tell from the cracking that is on it that I’ll be revisiting this project within a year or two.


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