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Project by BGW posted 495 days ago 1262 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished the first of six composite Adirondack chairs for a customer. Very pleased with the design emailed to me by Randy Almond. It’s similar to the Norm Abram design. Thanks for looking.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin http://www.bgwconstructionllc.com/





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 495 days ago

Wow that must weigh a lot ,good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Mark

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#2 posted 495 days ago

Nice work! The trex is a great material for this chair it should look good and last for a long time. Also looks like it will be comfortable to relax in. Thanks for posting.

-- Mark clio,mi ..making wood talk is fun

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 495 days ago

Great looking chair. They should love them.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Campzeke

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#4 posted 495 days ago

Awesome job Bob. It looks like you used the same pattern I did. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/79417 The thing is I have no idea where my pattern came from and there is no clue on the pattern itself. Where did you get yours?Also, How was the Trex to work with? I have thought about building a couple of chairs using it but have never worked with it before.

-- Campzeke, Tampa, FL

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BGW

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#5 posted 495 days ago

I did use a similar plan, Zeke, but I changed the arch at he top a bit, made the armrests a bit different, & I didn’t like the gap at the back of the seat, so I made the first slat on he seat with a curve to match the staves.

The Trex took some getting used to. The straight cuts were awesome, cut like butter. The curved cuts (I used a jig saw) were much tougher than anything I’d used before. I tried several different types of bits, but they all seemed to want to burn the material. Also, I had to make sure the screws were perfectly centered on the 3/4 inch board (&pre-drilled), or they would creat a bubble or want to chip. In the future, I’m going to find a screw that’s thinner than a typical deck screw. The screws were tedious…

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin http://www.bgwconstructionllc.com/

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1thumb

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#6 posted 494 days ago

Nice. Never thought of using Trex for furniture. A friend has a pair of adirondacks where the back slats are horizontal giving a rounded look. I like them. Also, saw a pic of an real old adirondack whose back consisted of only 3 or 4 wide boards. Also a good look

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pjones46

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#7 posted 494 days ago

Looks very comfortable…they sure won’t blow away.

-- God is great, the Beer is good and people are Crazy. www.pauljoneswoodworks.com

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Knothead62

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#8 posted 493 days ago

Very nice! Keep it in the shade. WOOD magazine had an article comparing woods and material for decking. One negative about synthetic materials was the absorption of heat from the sun. I was going to redo my deck with TREX but changed my mind. Don’t want to burn my tootsies.

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BGW

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#9 posted 493 days ago

Knothead,

I’ve been building decks for over a decade. Trex has a newer line that is UV protected making it fade resistant and doesn’t get as hot. This same technology has been picked up by other companies as well (Menards has a very reasonably priced composite – Ultradeck Fusion – that I really like working with using that technology). If you decide on a composite, do your research. You can do a lot better than Trex, this is just what my customer wanted because it matches their existing deck or I would have steered them in a different direction (Veka Deck or UltraDeck). When you buy Trex, you are paying for their advertising…it’s not the best product out there, it’s just the most well known.

Just my two cents.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin http://www.bgwconstructionllc.com/

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Knothead62

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#10 posted 492 days ago

BGW, thanks for sharing your expertise. Not looking to build a new deck- just repair the one I have.
FWIW, I saw a display at Lowe’s about a “Paint” that reclaims decking. Can’t remember the name.

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BGW

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#11 posted 492 days ago

Knothead, I know the paint you are talking about. I had a customer ask me about it last month, but I’m not too familiar with it. He’s going to use it, so when he’s finished, I’ll try and take some pictures and post them.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin http://www.bgwconstructionllc.com/

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Sanding2day

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#12 posted 478 days ago

Very nice… The July issue of Wood has one with a foot rest which I would love to complete a couple of before getting to far into the summer. Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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