Outdoor chairs made out of African Sapele and White Cedar

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Project by mazzy posted 03-15-2014 09:39 PM 2480 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Each chair had 28 mortise and tenon joints. It was a good thing I’d purchased a Leigh FMT Pro for the job. Saved a lot of time. The chairs weigh about 50 lbs each


-- Mazzy, San Francisco Bay Area,

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#1 posted 03-15-2014 10:14 PM

I really like the look of those chairs. Nice color contrast. I know cedar is great for outdoor furniture, does Sapele have some of those same qualities? What did you use to finish the chairs?

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#2 posted 03-15-2014 11:57 PM

Hey Andy,

Per the expert at MacBeath Hardwood (San Francisco Hardwood dealer) Sapele does very well outside. Additionally it is dense like ash.

I finished it with McCloskey Man O’ War Spar Varnish. “Rattle can” satin finish. recommended by our local Woodcraft in-house finish specialist.

Thanks for the complement.


-- Mazzy, San Francisco Bay Area,

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#3 posted 03-16-2014 02:42 AM

Wow… those look fantastic!

I would never consider leaving them out in the rain. The two woods look great together.

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#5 posted 03-16-2014 03:09 AM

Super looking chairs, great build.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 03-16-2014 04:13 PM

wow very nice looking outdoor chair set, the African Sapele & white cedar go very well together. You did an excellent job thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#7 posted 03-21-2014 03:36 PM

They are beautiful and solid looking. Great design and wood combo. I’m sure they will last long outdoors to be enjoyed. Great work!

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