My wife wanted some pool side chairs but the ones she saw were over $1000 each so I built my own (to be honest next time i'll stop being such a cheapskate and buy them!!)

I had all the wood lying around so have estimated costs (in NZ$) for pounds divide by 2


2m 4x4 ($15)

5m 4x2 ($20)

2m 2x2 ($2)

1 sheet (8'x4') 10mm ply ($60)

10kg Tile Cement ($35)

5kg Black Grout ($40)

25kg pebbles ($75)

20 x 4"nails (45)

30 x 1" screws ($5)

PVA Adhesive ($5) from the $2 shop!

Seat squabs $48 each from TradeMe (NZ version of Ebay)

Total per chair approx $356

Tools used

Chop saw

Skill saw







Spatula (for tile cement)

Sponges/squeegee for grout

Old tooth brush (grout)

when complete the chairs are very heavy (60kg+) so assistance is helpful in moving, I was on my own and used a sack truck!

Step 1: Cut the Legs

Most of the measurements are completely arbitary, as they depend how high you want the chair and what size your seat squabs are (mine were 600mmx460mmx 60mm thick)

So first cut 4 legs from 4x4 mine were 600mm long

<p>Buck2217, I finally made it! Check out my entry; </p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Pebbled-Chair/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/Pebbled-Chair/</a></p><p>I gave you a special mention! </p>
I absolutely love these! I'm always looking for new projects as my family have alot of unused timber laying around! definitely trying this! Awesome, awesome, awesome!
<p>Thanks, they are pretty simple to make just a bit time consuming, and very heavy. Look forward to seeing your pictures if you make some</p>
So my mother decided to get rid of some couches and I thought 'Perfect', I have my frame already! :P Gotta nail in few pieces of wood and then onto painting and pebbling it up! Going with white pebbles with dark gray and white upholstery! So excited! I shall come back and bother you with photos! Thank you again for the idea!!! :P
<p>Terrific, I have thought of using one of the &quot;cast off&quot; couches tht get dumped at the side of the road here for inorganic collection, but have too many other projects on the go at present (Hobby Shed and Rocking Bike)</p><p>I advise you to build it where it is going to end up as it will be very heavy, Good Luck</p>
Oh that sounds awesome! I hope you upload them! I can't wait to see them! Best of luck! P.s; thanks for the tip! :)
<p>Great photos (well lit, in focus and from angles that inform and show details) + informative text = Excellent 'ible. Way to go! Hope to see more</p>
<p>Wow. In the main image, I thought you'd simply upholstered the wooden arms/back. You tiled stones! That is amazing. Was it worth $2000/hours worked? It looks that way, but we weren't worrying about the grout drying. </p>
<p>Thanks for the comment, They too about 12-15 hours of work each all told ( the second one was quicker as I had ironed out a few &quot;issues&quot;) The trick is to put the tile cement on quite thickly as it is them easier and firmer to stick, if you also mix some of the colouring from the grout in (or poster paint in the cement) then grouting is less arduous as less &quot;white cement&quot; shows </p>
<p>They came out nice! </p>
<p>You got the proportions right. </p><p>Great work.</p><p>Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>Wow! These are very cool, funky and modern looking. I love them! Tell me, are they comfortable to sit in? How about the armrests? Maybe you can also build matching foot rests as well. Great job! Put</p>
<p>They are surprisingly comfortable, the texture gives the sort of feel of &quot;Dr Scholl&quot; sandals --just make sure you don't use sharp stones. as I said in the text you could use cut tiles or the pebbles pre mounted on mats for a smoother finish</p>
<p>these are wonderful! very good design! you need better photos of them tho. these photos don't do the finished chairs justice........</p><p>i hope i can find someone to make a couple of these for me......... : )</p>
<p>squabs = cushions</p>
<p>Yes (they are the cushions that are used as Yacht seats--big yachting/boating community here) I have been a sailor for all my working life and sometimes forget that some of the terms we use aren't in common useage. Still splice the mainbrace and Shiver me timbers!</p>
<p>Polyvinyl alcohol or acetate?</p><p>Nice ible, they look great!</p>
<p>If you sre referring to PVA, it is the white craft glue that I used for sealing the wood (poly vinyl Adhesive?)</p>
<p>Looks ok !</p><p>A little heavy though I think.</p>
<p>yes as stated about 60 kg each, or slightly heavier than one of Jupiters moons, However being at the bottom of the world (NZ) and thus upside down the extra gravity developed by them prevents us from floating off into space</p>
<p>very nice and perfect for windy areas. </p>
<p>Great job! I think they are just marvelous, and they'd be great in hurricane heaven/tornado alley, or as park benches or anywhere public seating is used. They have wonderful aesthetic appeal. Bravo! </p>
<p>Poolside? This would be awesome almost anywhere (i.e. Man-Cave)!</p><p>If I ever copy this idea, and I most probably will, I would round off all the corners with a sander and then paint the whole thing with paintable bedliner or tool dip.</p><p>In paraphrasing the great Jimmy Buffet - &quot;It's Beer O'Clock somewhere&quot;. Great 'ible; Cheers!.</p>
<p>Thanks for the comments --but step 9 I said I eased all the corners.</p><p>as a by the by you could cover all the surfaces in tiles (I actually got a bunch free in the ends bin at a local tile warehouse (600x600s) but used them on something else -- possibly pics to come, however was a bit rubbish in taking staged pics for it)</p><p>Mind you this was my first &quot;ible&quot; and v v pleased to get a featured!!</p>
wow..1000 a chair...that is way too much money.
<p>That's NZ$ so about $800USD, and that was from a posh boutique type shop, they are quite labour intensive sticking on the pebbles, you can buy sheets of pebbles stuck on a backing that would make it quicker, they had some on offer at the place I bought the loose ones but were quite expensive (about $300 for enough tho cover the chair)</p>
Look great!
<p>Awesome; love the addition of the pebbles. </p>
This is pretty cool project
<p>those are gorgeous all weather chairs. love the mod design. killer job, thanx for sharing</p>
look great, bet they're heavy though
<p>About 60kgs each, we live in a high wind zone so at least they won't blow away!!</p>
Very nice!

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