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Forum topic by sonny_c posted 03-16-2016 05:15 PM 542 views 1 time favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2016 05:15 PM

Hello all,

I am in need of some advice. First of all, I was inspired by this post, My wife and I loved the design. She asked if I could make it but I could not find any exact designs so I took a shot at creating my interpretation in Google Sketchup.

My plan is to use dimensional lumber to keep costs down. I will also countersink and fill all screws. With this in mind I want to use some type of deck paint to seal and protect the furniture. I’ve read some people have used products like Behr Premium DeckOver, Benjamin Moore’s ARBORCOAT Solid Deck & Siding Stain, or Rustoleum Deck & Concrete Restore. I live in Houston, TX and plan to leave this furniture on the back patio all year.

Now onto my questions.
  1. Should I use wood glue on all joints?
  2. Since the wood will be sealed with deck paint, will the wood expand and contract?
  3. Since the wood will be sealed with deck paint, do I need to leave any gaps between the seat back slats and seat bottom slats? In my example, the slats are butted next to one another.

I appreciate any advice you can provide.

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#1 posted 03-16-2016 05:30 PM

1. I wouldn’t bother with glue. If these will be in the weather all of the time the glue joints will most likely pull apart unless they are also screwed.
2. Yes, even if it is painted/sealed the wood will still move.
3. My opinion, but with outdoor stuff always leave a gap between seat slats. That way no water stands for any length of time, gives leaves, etc some place to go. Also good for air movement while you’re outside. Much cooler. I’m in south Alabama and I know how hot it gets in our parts of the country.

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#2 posted 03-17-2016 03:38 AM

Thank you for the information Scott.

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