Patio Chairs

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Project by shaun posted 07-15-2008 11:46 AM 2122 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey all, been away for a while. Lifes been insanely busy and the computer’s been busted. This is the first time I’ve had a chance to log on in a couple of months.

Here’s the latest out of the workshop. The pictures are lousy and I’ve still got to wrap up the finish on two of them so it’s not quite a completed project yet but I’d say it’s close enough to post.


They’re spanish cedar with oak inlays on the front of the seat.


This finish goes like this, 2 coats Zinser dewaxed shellac – sand with 220, system 3 spar varnish – sand with 320, system 3 spar varnish – sand with 400, system 3 spar varnish – sand with 400, system 3 spar varnish – sand with 600, system 3 spar varnish – rub out with 0000 steel wool.


That sounds like a lot of spar varnish but I thin it 50/50 with mineral spirits. I’ve found that it goes on much easier this way. It takes longer to complete the finish but I think it comes out look much nicer than using it straight.


-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#1 posted 07-15-2008 02:03 PM

Great job! Nice looking chairs. Are the seat slats bent or cut out?

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#2 posted 07-15-2008 02:27 PM

Gorgeous work!

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#3 posted 07-15-2008 02:32 PM

Very nice, your work speaks for itself. The finish looks fantastic!

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#4 posted 07-15-2008 03:32 PM

Nice design, they look comfortable.

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#5 posted 07-15-2008 07:26 PM

Nice work!

Thanks for the post


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#6 posted 07-16-2008 04:22 AM

Very nice patio chairs. The look nice and sturdy. I bet the wind doesn’t push them around. Thank you for sharing.

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#7 posted 07-16-2008 12:15 PM

Thanks for the comments. I’m very happy with the way these chairs came out. They are quite sturdy and suprisingly comfortable. You really don’t notice in the pictures but the seat height is 16”. The person that commissioned them has short legs and complained about not being able to find chairs that were comfortable. So I built a prototype out of scrap 2×4’s with a height of 17” first, had them sit in it and kept cutting the legs down 1/4” at a time until we found a height that was “just a little too low”. I added the last 1/4” back in and built the chairs to that height. I also used the prototype to set the height and angle of the arm rests as well as the angle of the back location of the back rests.

Garyb – Those are routed from blanks. I cut them close to the final shape on the bandsaw, used a 2” pattern bit and a template to shape them then eased the edges with a round over bit. Bending is something that I have yet to try my hand at.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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