Journey of a pile - first patio set

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Project by siggs posted 02-20-2014 04:40 PM 2433 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project for a customer. I bought this cedar which was actual 2×2” from a pile at a local lumber yard, had to pick through it but there were some really good pieces in it and the price was right at 20cents a piece! Figured I could do something from them even if it wasn’t conventional. I think it worked out pretty good, maybe not the easiest compared to running longer boards length wise, but still not TOO bad, considering it would be a minimal cost to build.

Materials wester red cedar – slats, posts, surround trim.
SPF 2×3 for the apron, painted black. I like using this for the structural aspect as it’s stiffer, holds fasteners well, and the painted look is a cool contrast. Plus it’s cheap.
Linseed turpentine mix for the top coat, mind you this was just a quicky to give it some pop, the sikkens cedar would of looked awesome on it if it was in the budget.

If you have any ideas for improvements please let me know, I am working to develop a constant system to make and sell this kind of thing locally.

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#1 posted 02-20-2014 07:43 PM

The project is phenomenal. Love the coloration in the woods. Especially love the price you got for your diligence. Can’t say I like the bolts but, as long as your client likes that, it works! Well done.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#2 posted 02-20-2014 08:39 PM

Hey thanks for the kind words! ya the bolts are what they are, I don’t mind them too much. The benefit is they can be disassembled and stored in the condo if desired and they have a bit of give around those sloppy drunks.

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#3 posted 02-20-2014 08:50 PM

Beautiful, I also love the coloration. I wish I could find cheap cedar like this!

-- Benoit, Montreal Quebec,

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#4 posted 02-20-2014 09:05 PM

I like it! Good work!

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#5 posted 02-21-2014 01:36 AM

Nice looking patio furniture! And hey—20 cents a board? Can’t beat that!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 02-21-2014 12:33 PM

Great project. And the style goes well with the graden and patio. Well done!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#7 posted 02-21-2014 05:14 PM

Hi Siggs,
I really like your patio set, turned out very well indeed.
Cedar is the wood of choice for your climate …

One comment I would make about the bolts, you might have counter bored them … inset or recess them into the wood to make them less slightly. But that may have been part of your design …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#8 posted 02-22-2014 04:04 AM

You made a score, NO a Home run at 20 cents a piece.

You did a wonderful job staining the cedar, all those great tones…

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 03-29-2014 03:25 AM

This looks great, Siggs! The finish on the cedar looks amazing. Would you mind explaining how it’s joined? I never can tell—total rookie here.

Are the cedar slats screwed from below? THANKS.

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#10 posted 03-29-2014 03:50 AM

I just used simple L brackets that attach the black pieces to the nailing strips which hold all the slats. To do that I cut spacers for the slats built a frame around them. Then brad nail and glued the nailing strips to the slats. Hope that helps.

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#11 posted 03-29-2014 05:44 PM

It does. THANKS!

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