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Outdoor Chairs for Screened in Porch

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Project by CharlesA posted 05-19-2020 02:01 PM 379 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our “teak” chairs on our screened in porch were creaking so much that it was a constant source for conversation when we sat on them. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so I tried to maximize the lumber I had on hand.

I used Hank Gilpin's plan from Fine Woodworking from several years ago. Here's the PDF. There are a number of oddities on the plan—there are some dimensions missing and the dimensions for individual pieces include the tenon length. I ended up moving to loose tenons in making the final 4 of 5 chairs.

I used wood species that are pretty good outdoors (although ours won’t be rained upon). The first chair was made from Walnut I had laying round for years. The next three where made from flat sawn white oak that I got at a good price locally. The fifth chair is the Frankenchair, made from white oak, sapele, and walnut.

I am not applying finish, so they’ll all be various shades of gray after a while.

I’m very happy with these—the weight limit on these chairs must be 500 lbs!. They are sturdy.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson





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#1 posted 05-19-2020 02:11 PM

thats a great looking table set charles,did you also make the table.love the design and the eclectic use of woods.that set should last well beyond your time,and kids time.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 05-19-2020 02:19 PM

Nice set of chairs.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 05-19-2020 02:26 PM

The table I got off craigslist a couple of years ago—adequate but not great. The matching chairs, however, were not adequate.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 05-19-2020 03:31 PM

sounds like the next prroject charles,matching table?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 05-19-2020 09:26 PM

Looks good.

... wish I could see the plan…
Link to the PDF requries a login, so I was unable to look at it.

-Paul

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#6 posted 05-19-2020 09:27 PM

I’m a member at FW—I didnt realize that the PDF is behind the paywall.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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