Patio Furniture Build

  1. R-D-R Forum Supporter

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    Mrs RDR wants some more patio furniture and pointed me to this which she liked

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    a 3 seater, 2 seater and chair come to just shy of $5k :o so you can guess whats coming ....

    I worked out a sketchUp of a 3 seater based on the cushion sizes we ordered using 40x40 square for the sides and 40x20 for the seat and back. Metal order for metal hub came to £65 for enough steel to make a 3 seater, 2 seater and chair. I had today to myself so thought I would crack on.

    Actually printed the design to stop me making it up, was determined to stick to it for once:laughing:

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    Cutting up using my new Flip stop fence proved very useful for repeat cuts
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    Got x6 sides, 3 seater base and back all welded up

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    I did play with the angle of the back a bit

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    then welded it all up and tested the cushions

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    I'm going to use composite decking for the seat and back, looking for something low maintenance

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    next job flatten all the outside welds on the 3 seater and add a mid brace to the base and back then make the 2 seater and chair. Mrs RDR still deciding on the colour for the metal if she doesn't make her mind up soon it will be black or Festool grey :laughing:
     
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  2. cumbriasteve

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    Certainly looks the business :thumbup:

    If it was mine I would put some sacrificial pads on the bases, they would prevent damage to the paint when moved around and probably wood on the arm rests...but that's just me and we all differ with designs.
     
  3. R-D-R Forum Supporter

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    Thanks

    For the base the legs protrude 10mm and will have plastic inserts in when finished so hopefully won't rock and the base shouldn't get scuffed up on the patio. Great minds think alike re the arm rests :laughing: I suggested to Mrs RDR some wood on top of the arms rounded over, the jury is out though as she wants to see how it turns out first - it would be an easy addition and personally I have an idea for some kind of wider arm/table with cup holder that slips on the arms when entertaining.
     
  4. cumbriasteve

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    Yep thats the thing I had in mind as well..would really set them off.
     
  5. TechnicAl

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    wow....thats a tidy workshop......and the sofa looks good as well.....but Im totally in awe of your worshop
     
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  6. armalites Member

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    "So luv you want me to buy some metal then use my band saw,welding table and new welder to build you some garden furniture?" :clapping:

    Looks good, have you thought about square mesh for the back and seat? I guess the benefit of the composite material is you could sit on it without cushions if needed.
     
  7. slim_boy_fat

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  8. R-D-R Forum Supporter

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    @slim_boy_fat We already have a rattan set from Costco :laughing: the set I'm building will eventually be for the new decking area that I'm apparently building too :dontknow:

    @armalites we want to be able to use them occasionally without getting the cushions out hence the idea behind the composite decking. I like doing jobs like this for Mrs RDR it scores major brownie points and justifies my tool purchases :laughing: I want a lathe next so if I can keep this build under £300 it obviously justifies at least £2k on a lathe when you offset it against the retail of her chosen design :laughing:
     
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  9. 500e

    500e Always buy fire insurance a flood is hard to start

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    Like your logic @R-D-R
    Hate you for all that Festool kit though trying to justify some
     
  10. frank horton

    frank horton V twins are great but 4"s rule.........

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    just gotta get the sun to work a bit more........
    nice 1..........
     
  11. rtcosic

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    I too have interlocking 'button' tiles in my garage. I too have a 'made to measure' SHS workbench.

    The similarities with yours end there.

    I am saving the photograph of your beautifully designed workbench for future reference. Nothing to do with head slapping why didn't I think of that ism. Well I did actually, but executed it badly.

    Sketchup? Or an application that can be read by Sketchup? Possibility of supplying a copy of the file - after you have test-driven the final article? Or are you considering small scale production and sale on Etsy or Wayfair?
     
  12. angellonewolf

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    say in passing some nice steel smooth bars would look great in there to set it off pity as i could not do that unless i had a lathe to spin the metal :whistle:
     
  13. R-D-R Forum Supporter

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    Had an hour today, managed to get the two seater welded up, realised when cutting the back i had miscalculated the steel and will be short for the single chair by 2m :doh: know a place in Sheffield ill be passing tomorrow that might be open.

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    @rtcosic happy to upload a sketch up file for the design once its been tested. Thanks for the comments on the workbench.
     
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  14. rtcosic

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    @rtcosic happy to upload a sketch up file for the design once its been tested. Thanks for the comments on the workbench.[/QUOTE]

    Thank you.
     
  15. rtcosic

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    Have you considered using mesh rather than decking?
    Lighter, thinner and allows air circulation through the foam cushion. Also would provide a little 'spring' in the seat rather than the firm boards.

    Entire finished article can then be galvanised and be totally weather proof.
     
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  16. armalites Member

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    That question has already been asked and answered
     
  17. wookie Member

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    You've done a cracking job of it so far, I know I'm only making work for myself but I think I'll show this to my missus...
     
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  18. rtcosic

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    So it has!

    Must learn to re-read the entire thread. I had missed your contribution.
     
  19. 1Billion Amps Member

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    Really nice work there, R-D-R. You should make more of them to sell. Using stainless would be a nice upgrade, too.
     
  20. wookie Member

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    Oh flipping heck, she likes it :( @R-D-R where are you getting the cushions and fake decking from ? also any chance of a copy of your plans when you've finalised them ? :thumbup:
     
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