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Forum topic by christherookie posted 05-22-2017 03:19 PM 764 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2017 03:19 PM

I’ve got all my pieces cut for two Adirondack chairs. I figure I could assemble and then paint or paint and then assemble. Having made one of these chairs before, it was very cumbersome to paint after it was assembled. But I can’t figure out how to paint all these parts first. What I mean is how do I set the pieces down to dry? If I was only doing one large piece, I’d use my painter’s triangles. But with a lot of small pieces, what options do I have?

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#1 posted 05-22-2017 03:34 PM

Go somewhere that sells carpet and find tack strips. Cheap, maybe $1 each. Cut them to shorter lengths and use them as nail-boards to hold up painted pieces while waiting for the paint to dry.

Or make something similar with the least expensive 1/2” plywood or MDF you can find cut into strips and a box of 1” dry-wall screws.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#2 posted 05-23-2017 12:50 PM

+1 on tack strips. Been using them for years. I assume you have a lot of slats for your chairs. Leave the strips long and lay our your slats like ladder rungs. I find the longer strips are easier to align and manage.

Only caution, the tacks are SHARP and almost seem to have a barb on the end to hold onto your skin. Painful experience talking.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 05-23-2017 01:50 PM

Tack strips are good. I use small eye bolts in parts and hang them up.

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