Now I have a set - the beginner's chronicles

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Project by Roger Clark aka Rex posted 07-07-2009 09:48 AM 3828 views 12 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everyone,
Well as you might know, I am really new to wookworking and have now have a few months experience??
As I was retired due to health reasons I wondered whatever I was going to do to keep my mind and body active, so I looked around the yard and decided NOT to try to repair the yard furniture which was always destroyed by the Texas weather. So I decided to have a go at making replacements that would last.
As you can see I now have a complete set of yard furniture, which although not elegant, is very satisfying to me.
I used “Yellow Wood” treated pine, the stain is Honey Gold and they have 2 coats of gloss Spar varnish on them – so they should last. The chair backs have adjustable rake angles that be set to sitters choice and the front legs are adjustable to set up on uneven surfaces. The decoration consists of a center Concho with the Texas Star and state outline. The “carvings” were made on my baby cnc router and they are Rose strings. I made the arms wide so that I could cut drink holders – my wife insists they are for Dr. Pepper!

I have also made a few single chairs which I will post for your review in a few days.
There has been a big learning curve for me and the good old trial and error featured well but I have really enjoyed it and now have something I made which we can put to good use.
PS What do I do with all this sawdust???

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#1 posted 07-07-2009 10:42 AM

Nice design. The armrest and the back is very attractive.
Well done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 07-07-2009 01:16 PM

Very nice furniture set. Looks good outside.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 07-07-2009 02:47 PM

Man, I’m envious.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-07-2009 02:53 PM

You said they’re not elegant, but I’m not sure what that means, cause they’re really attractive and from the sounds of it, pretty darn comfortable. Very nice work.

As for the sawdust, you might try filling your pockets with it and walking around the neighborhood dropping a little at a time while you stroll. ;-)

-- Working at Woodworking

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#5 posted 07-07-2009 04:02 PM

I like it well done cool design and great look


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#6 posted 07-07-2009 04:04 PM

very nice design, and great execution!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 07-07-2009 05:35 PM

I was just thinking about doing the same thing with the cup holders, but you may have some problems with rot if you don’t put some holes in the bottom to drain the water from the weather. Otherwise, you have made some top quality furniture for relaxing. The design is pleasing and I’m sure you’ll have lots of evenings drinking “Dr. Pepper” with your feet up.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#8 posted 07-07-2009 06:02 PM

Hey Guys, Thanks so much for the positive comments, it is this encouragement a beginner needs. What tickles me is that all of the pieces were made from treated 2×4’s, one treated 2×6 and one treated 1×6, all the slats are ripped from 2×4’s.
Jeff – There are drain holes in the cup holders, I did remember to do that.
Yes, surprisingly they are very comfortable, I did a lot of experimenting to get the seat and back profiles just right and the back rake angle adjustment is great.
I have posted some experimental chairs which were the design/test pieces. Please take a look at them and let me have your comments.
Regards, Roger

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#9 posted 09-05-2009 04:13 PM

very nice set of lawn chairs…...they look very relaxing…..i was glad to see you put the drianage holes oin the cup holders…..unless of coarse you want floating cups……get yourself some of your favorite hardwood…maybe even some exotic wood….and make the leap….the fun part is doing something you havent done your first dovetail or such…....grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 09-05-2009 05:17 PM

if you are a beginner ,
im getting out of the way ,
to make room for you ,
or get run over !
very nice work .
i don’t quite understand the adjustable back and legs ,
they seem to be double bolted ?
how can they move ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 09-05-2009 06:53 PM

Grizzman, Patron and all
Many thanks for responding. Thanks for the comments on the chairs. If you read the start of this post you will understand that I decided to “build a better mousetrap” as I could not go on trying to repair successive purchase of patio furniture. I did make several try-outs but that’s what learning is all about? All pieces were made from treated 2×4 and 2×6, I ripped the slats from 2×4’s. The rear legs can be adjusted enough to allow for any reasonable surface uneveness, the back bolt holes have a 1/16” tolerance which you can adjust by loosening the rear leg bolts and also the large rear screw in the arms. Back rake angle is similar, release the screw holding the arm to the frame, loosen the 2 tolerance bolts and adjust to suit. Booth of these settings work well.
As far as construction goes I have not dared to try joints yet, so bolts and screws have been the way I have made chairs and planters to date – I do not use any nails. They tell me a good screw beats nailing anytime!
I don’t have any exotic wood and that is something I need to learn about and find some that will fit my budget. I feel that I have learned a lot from my own trial and error system but it is time to go the next step and ask.
Have a nice labor weekend.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#12 posted 09-06-2009 04:07 PM

hell, I’d put them in my living room, I really do like the rose carvings.

-- Smitty!!!

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#13 posted 09-11-2009 07:50 AM

By the way, these are knock out gorgeous!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#14 posted 11-20-2009 06:46 PM

Good looking, functional I bet, and durable. Hard to beat. You are no longer a beginner…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 05-26-2012 11:45 AM

What part of novice did you omit? You are a craftsman pure and simple.
Thanks for inspiration.

-- honing my craft one mistake at a time.

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