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Forum topic by JWL40 posted 07-31-2014 03:39 PM 883 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2014 03:39 PM

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I am planning to make my first chair for outdoor use. I have some maple boards that are not wide enough for the arms or seat frames. Would boards edge glued with gorilla glue be strong enough for these pieces? Is plywood an option? or only for prototypes?

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#1 posted 07-31-2014 04:03 PM

First of all, maple is not going to be a good wood for building a piece of furniture that is going to be used outside. Maple does not weather well at all. Popular is not good either. Go to the available lumber dealers in your area and see what they have that is suitable for a chair built for the outside. While you are at it you might want to think about building an Adirondack chair. There are plans for these all over and they are also very comfortable. Cedar, cypress, and a few others would be good. However, you are going to have to use what is available so see what your lumber dealers have to say about furnishing you a suitable wood. They might even sell a small book of plans for some yard furniture.

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#2 posted 07-31-2014 04:11 PM

JW, Solid advice from Charles, not sure which gorilla glue you’re speaking of, but I would recommend using a good waterproof glue like titebond III over the polyurethane gorilla glue, until you have some experience working with it and the expansion rate. First time I used it after watching Norm use it for a bench, I had a $hit-ton of expanded glue all over the project and had to scrape and sand for days to clean the mess up.

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#3 posted 08-10-2014 06:15 AM

JW, I agree with helluvawreck. Starting out with an Adirondack chair or its cousin, the Muskoka, is a good idea. Both are the epitome of summer comfort and classic chair design. This page has plans to build both:

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#4 posted 08-10-2014 04:16 PM

Charles and Emmett,

Jake’s Chair is an excellent Adirondack chair, originally designed by Tom Gauldin. The plans can be downloaded free from the Jake's Chair web site.

I agree the OP should use a wood species which is better suited fore outdoor projects, such as ERC (Eastern Red Cedar), WRC (Western Red Cedar), cypress, white oak, or even teak or ipe.

I also agree that Titebond III glue would be better suited for this project than Gorilla Glue.


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