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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

Materials

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

Hammer

Drill

Screwdriver

Square

Pencil

Rule

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!

 
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Step 1: Cut the legs

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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

Step 2: Recess legs

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Cut 2" wide slots on two sides of each leg 1' deep, I used the chop saw for this but you can use a skill saw (circular saw) or chisel out as you want

Step 3: Cut bottom rails

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Side and back rail are 4x2, front is 2x2, lengths to suit squab size (ie backrail on mine was 670mm (600 squab + 2x 25mm recess + 10mm each side for tiling)

Step 4: Assemble bottom rail

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I nailed it in both directions with 4" nails, make sure it is square (measure diagonals)

Step 5: Cut top rails

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Made from 4x2 to fit, half lap joints at rear (again done with chop saw)

Step 6: Fit seat base

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As you can see hereiI had already put top rails on, it is much easier to put the base in first - my bad!

base is made from 10mm ply as fits

Step 7: Fit top rails

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Again all nailed down with 4" nails (fine carpentry skills at work!)

Didemx1 month ago
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!
buck2217 (author)  Didemx1 month ago

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

brgt402 months ago

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

wilgubeast2 months ago

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.

buck2217 (author)  wilgubeast2 months ago

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 "issues") 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 "white cement" shows

Lindie2 months ago

They came out nice!

You got the proportions right.

Great work.

Thanks for sharing.

dvivster2 months ago

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

buck2217 (author)  dvivster2 months ago

They are surprisingly comfortable, the texture gives the sort of feel of "Dr Scholl" 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

these are wonderful! very good design! you need better photos of them tho. these photos don't do the finished chairs justice........

i hope i can find someone to make a couple of these for me......... : )

grapenut2 months ago

squabs = cushions

buck2217 (author)  grapenut2 months ago

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!

grapenut2 months ago

Polyvinyl alcohol or acetate?

Nice ible, they look great!

buck2217 (author)  grapenut2 months ago

If you sre referring to PVA, it is the white craft glue that I used for sealing the wood (poly vinyl Adhesive?)

victorvector2 months ago

Looks ok !

A little heavy though I think.

buck2217 (author)  victorvector2 months ago

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

dogloverlaura2 months ago

very nice and perfect for windy areas.

IamTheMomo2 months ago

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!

CementTruck2 months ago

Poolside? This would be awesome almost anywhere (i.e. Man-Cave)!

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.

In paraphrasing the great Jimmy Buffet - "It's Beer O'Clock somewhere". Great 'ible; Cheers!.

buck2217 (author)  CementTruck2 months ago

Thanks for the comments --but step 9 I said I eased all the corners.

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)

Mind you this was my first "ible" and v v pleased to get a featured!!

ekiessling2 months ago
wow..1000 a chair...that is way too much money.
buck2217 (author)  ekiessling2 months ago

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)

Greenman22 months ago
Look great!
watchmeflyy2 months ago

Awesome; love the addition of the pebbles.

jcavell2 months ago
This is pretty cool project

those are gorgeous all weather chairs. love the mod design. killer job, thanx for sharing

livichris2 months ago
look great, bet they're heavy though
buck2217 (author)  livichris2 months ago

About 60kgs each, we live in a high wind zone so at least they won't blow away!!

smilemar2 months ago
Very nice!