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Base for Outdoor couch

by deadherring
posted 07-21-2017 03:06 PM

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#1 posted 07-22-2017 05:00 PM

You definitely do not need to rest the legs directly on the soil. That is just begging for rot problems. If you don’t want to build a patio, you can buy some pavers from a big box store that are a few inches thick and use them to raise the legs above the ground. I would suggest that, in addition to varnishing the surfaces , you epoxy the ends of the legs to keep water from seeping into the end grain and causing rot.

The guy in the video to which you linked recommended to use spar varnish. My painful experience has taught me that all such finishes are not the same. I used Minwax spar varnish on some Adirondack chairs I built that were placed on a North facing front porch out to the direct sunlight and mostly protected from rain. That varnish started to fade and peel off in less than a year. Mildew formed in the areas where the material peeled off. In order to refurbish the chairs, I had to sand them down to bare wood and paint them with an exterior acrylic paint. They have been fine for 5+ years in the same location after I did that. If I were going to use a clear finish again, I would use Sikkens Cetol or I would buy real marine varnish from a marina or order it from a boating supply company.

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#2 posted 07-22-2017 07:20 PM

How about doing the bottom 6” of the legs in concrete or a synthetic material?

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#3 posted 07-22-2017 07:34 PM

Agree that you do not want direct contact with the soil.

An inexpensive and quick solution (and on that I have used) is to get the 12×12 concrete stepping stones from your local big box home improvement store and put them under the legs.

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