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Project by Shout19 posted 01-05-2021 02:16 PM 507 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this set of patio furniture a few years ago. I saw a similar set in a catalog, so I tried to follow a similar style. It is made from 8/4 and 4/4 Alder, and assembled mainly with pocket hole joints. I left it unfinished as I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep or sell it at the time. I ultimately did opt to finish it with a water-based wood dye and spar urethane finish (I only had one picture of the finished bench).

A few things I learned:
1. Alder can be difficult to stain evenly, and can be blotchy in some areas. Perhaps a wood conditioner would have helped.
2. Cutting pieces with unparalleled sides on a table saw was a bit tough. I ended up making a jig to hold the pieces at the desired angle in order to run them through the saw. I really should have used a band saw for some of these, but didn’t own one at the time.
3. Pocket joints are easy, but not the best for every joint. I didn’t like the way some of the joints had to show, and I could have gotten much more creative with other joint types.
4. Spar urethane has more of a greenish tint than I expected. I was going for a dark espresso color, but it ended up to have a greenish hue to it due to the urethane. I’ll need to prepare more test boards before finishing all of the furniture.

That’s about it.

-- J.M., Nashville, Tennessee





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LesB

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#1 posted 01-05-2021 05:35 PM

Nice looking project.

I tend to think of Alder as a “west coast” wood considered as “junk” wood by some but it looks good in you chairs. Be aware it will not stand up to the elements very well. Exposed to rain and wet it rots quickly. I have whole sections of 16” logs that were growing mushrooms in a little over a year.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 01-06-2021 12:14 AM

Nice work. They look great.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 01-06-2021 12:54 AM

looks nice but i would not have stained them i love the golden honey color of alder.and as lesb siad not a great wood for outdoor projects.i like the design though.let me say welcome to lumber jocks,keep it coming.

-- 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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#4 posted 01-06-2021 02:43 PM



looks nice but i would not have stained them i love the golden honey color of alder.and as lesb siad not a great wood for outdoor projects.i like the design though.let me say welcome to lumber jocks,keep it coming.

- pottz

You’re absolutely right about not staining them. I regretted it as soon as I started. I have a desk made of alder with a clearcoat finish, and it looks great…I especially love the large ray fleck. Should have gone with my gut on that one.

-- J.M., Nashville, Tennessee

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