Double Chaise Lounge - cedar

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Project by swirt posted 06-24-2010 04:26 AM 5117 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This double chaise lounge was two years in the making. The frame was started 6 months before my son was born (nervous energy outlet for me). The slats and incline stops were finished this past month. As you can see my son is now old enough to help me tap some carriage bolts into place.

Wood: It was made with fallen red cedar that I pulled out of the forest, one log at a time on my shoulder. I used a sawmill sled of my own design on my bandsaw to cut the logs into lumber. Most of the logs have been sitting on the forest flor for over a decade.

Joinery: The corners of the frame are joined with half-blind dovetails. The middle joist is connected at the ends with a single dovetail. The legs have a ledge cut in them (like a tenon shoulder) that the frame rests on and is secured with stainless steel screws. The slats sit in a 1” wide x 1/2” deep rabbet that I made with my stanley 78 duplex rabbet plane and are fixed in place with countersunk brass screws. The moving parts for the backrest and the two wooden wheels are held in place by carriage bolts.

Work: I used more electric tools than I wanted to on this project. The only electric tools used were the band saw for all the rip cuts, a cordless drill for the holes (too many to do by hand) and electric sanders. The bandsaw and drill I had planned to use, but the belt sander was unplanned. My intention had been to plane all the slats smooth, however the small cedar logs had lots of knots and crazy squirrely grain that just was not conducive to hand planing (Stanley #4), nor using a scraper plane (Stanley 80) , nor an ordinary card scraper. So I caved in and used a belt sander then a quick touch with a ROS to remove some of the marks left by the belt sander.

Finish: The finish will be three coats of Sikkens Cetol 1. Right now it only has 1 coat on it because the weather has just not cooperated enough to let me get 2 more coats on it. Lots of rain and high humidity. The first coat usually dries in a day and a half … but this time it took 4-5 days. The air is just dripping wet.

There are more details and more photos on my blog post of the double cedar chaise lounge.
Also a related post about hand ripping a log in half that was too big to fit through the mouth of the bandsaw.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#1 posted 06-24-2010 08:27 AM

Nice work. Picture 4 will be a memory that will outlive the furniture.

-- Life is a sales job.

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#2 posted 06-24-2010 09:44 AM

This is a really good looking lounge; well done. Great story to go with it and the pic with your son is best of all.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 06-24-2010 11:02 AM

Well done! I like how rustic it is and looks comfy to boot! Congrats on the new addition to the family.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 06-24-2010 11:16 AM

From forest floor to furniture, fantastic! That really looks stout. You did a great job all around. Looks like you’ve got a pretty good helper there too. I bet he made the whole job a lot easier for you. Thanks for the links with additional info too.

-- There's no such thing as mistakes, just design changes.

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#5 posted 06-24-2010 12:27 PM

I really like this, especially the story that goes along with the build. By the way, congrats on your son.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#6 posted 06-24-2010 01:42 PM

Thanks everybody. My son and I had a lot of fun during the building of this chaise. It’s cute to come out and see him sitting on one side and his mom on the other. He’s a good helper as long as I don’t mind a few extra hammer dents or dings in my work … errr OUR work. For the kind of things I build, I don’t mind a few dings at all.
Fortunately, my wife takes a lot of great pictures of us working together. It will be nice to refer back to them during his teenage years when he hates me. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 06-24-2010 03:33 PM

Great story, great pictures and very good helper, if you keep him helping you and letting him, your wife and
yourself teach each other, it sounds weird, but you will find over time that it does happen; those years when
he is not comfortable around you just do not happen. I have a two man and a one man bucking saw hanging
on my shop wall and my sons and the boy scouts in Moose Patrol all had fun using them to make firewood and
camp furniture on our campouts. May your family continue to share many memories.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 06-24-2010 04:38 PM

Cool design looks comfy

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#9 posted 06-24-2010 06:57 PM

Gus, you mean there is a chance he won’t despise me when he is a teenager? I thought that was guaranteed. LOL

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 06-25-2010 09:50 PM

Hey, swirt, nice chaise lounge, love the cedar. On another note, was wondering if you’d be willing to share your specs on the log milling sled you posted a picture of. The one I built works great, but I have to tell you, not being able to remove it for use when crosscutting or milling smaller stock is really a pain in the neck. Anyway, yours looks like it would work really, really well and can be removed and stored as needed. The overall diameter of a log would be limited only by the resaw capacity of the bandsaw, if I’m looking at your design correctly. Again, great chaise lounge. Keep on keepin’.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#11 posted 06-25-2010 10:04 PM

TZH Sure no problem. The bandsaw sled is a bit of simple thing. I’ll gather some other photos of it an explain it within the next day or so. I looked at a LOT of plans for them on the internet but everything I found was pretty restricted in length. The solution I came up with can handle logs of any length up to ~ 8ft. It can go a little longer, but that’s about as long as I can handle safely on my own.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 06-26-2010 02:54 AM

Thanks. If you wouldn’t mind giving me a heads up when you do post (or make a new post and I’ll get notified), I’d really appreciate it.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#13 posted 06-28-2010 04:41 PM

I just posted the details of the bandsaw log milling sled that I used here

-- Galootish log blog,

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