|Forum topic by trainwreck||posted 03-17-2011 04:32 AM||1003 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
03-17-2011 04:32 AM
I found a book at my library’s bookstore with 2×4 outdoor furniture plans in it, and I bought it because it had some neat plans in it. I’m currently building the “lawn chairs,” and I’ve found several mistakes in the plans. On the backs, the supports were too short—they should have been 2 1/2” longer, it told me to use 2 1/2” screws to screw a 1×4 to a 2×4 with both of them flat (would leave screws poking out the back), and the instructions for attaching the back to the seat told me to screw into a piece that wasn’t even in the plans. I even had someone else look at it to be sure I wasn’t seeing things. Extremely annoying, especially considering they obviously built these chairs since there are photographs of them! I guess they didn’t follow their own plans!
I also have a TON of scrap left over. Also annoying, though I know I’ll use the scrap to make a couple of small tables to go with the chairs, so that’s not as big a deal to me. I know part of it is when it said 17 linear feet of 2×4, I bough 8 foot boards so they would fit in my car when I could have bought one 8 footer and one 10 footer and been good, but they also said each chair needed 30 linear feet of 1×4 when you really only needed 21.
The chairs are now ready to sand, paint, and assemble, but as I sat on them, I thought the arm rests should have been about 2 inches higher, but that’s a personal preference, I think. These chairs will serve their purpose well, and I managed to catch all the mistakes before the chairs were firewood, but man! Talk about frustrating!
So what makes a good plan to you? To me, it’s one with clear instructions and drawings of each step and minimal scrap.