|Project by endgrainy||posted 03-28-2014 11:28 PM||1056 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
These are my first attempts at outdoor furniture. Made from white oak, I purchased the lumber from a local sawyer. It was my first project built entirely from rough lumber – a ton of milling to get these big chair pieces!
The plans were from a book of woodworking projects I purchased a few years ago before I started the hobby. I remember being discouraged by the complexity of the projects and putting the book on the shelf. It’s very satisfying to now be able to build one of the projects… the cover chair no less!
I created templates from 1/4” MDF for the legs, arms, and back slats, and used a flush trim bit on the router after cutting roughly on the bandsaw. The leg/arm joints and the leg/stretcher joints are sliding dovetails. The arm/back rail joints are mortise and tenons. Back slats are attached to the lower stretcher with a long spline. Back slats and seat pieces are attached to the base with countersunk screws, and they are subsequently covered with plugs made from a plug cutter on the drill press.
I purposefully left them unfinished. I was planning to leave them on the back porch and have them weather naturally, but for now they are on the front porch and mostly covered. I asked some questions about the sanding process in a recent forum post (http://lumberjocks.com/topics/57905)
Thanks for looking!