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Forum topic by deadherring posted 07-21-2017 03:06 PM 543 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-21-2017 03:06 PM

Hi all,

I am working on a set of outdoor couches based on this build

I am modifying it so that the side supports are made from 6×6’s to give it a beefier look and hopefully stand up to teenagers abuse (my first time working with 6×6’s, not sure I would do it again since they are heavy and cumbersome to cut in two passes on the miter saw).

As I’m making progress on the build I’m thinking more about where they will sit in the yard and am realizing that it will be in a shady area where there isn’t much grass. I’m worried about the couches sinking a bit into the dirt and also bugs crawling up the furniture.

I did some research on installing a patio with stones of some kind and see that it’s a fairly involved (and expensive) process—leveling the ground, renting a compacter etc and it’s out of my budget and ability to do right now.

I’ve used artificial turf in the yard to cover some cement for the kids soccer field, but I would need a few to cover the area for the couches and it becomes rather expensive.

I’m wondering if anyone has any other ideas for how I can handle this issue in a cost effective way. If I put stones down without doing the whole digging and leveling thing, is it going to be completely uneven?

Thanks in advance for any ideas.


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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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