Thrifty garden furniture

  1. grim_d

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    We recently had to bin our old garden furniture and I just wasn't convinced by the quality Vs price of most of the offerings available in budget.

    I stripped our the studwork from the (badly) started loft conversion from the previous owners recently and thought I'd have a go at making some myself rather than bin it all.

    I know it's only untreated CLS but it's been soaked in some leftover Sika wood treatment and oiled so should get a couple years out it.

    Tried to use up as much hardware as I had left over from previous project, I did buy some decking boards to use as the surfaces but all in all this whole lot has cost me around £170 including the stains and oil.

    Not perfect because of how twisted some of the CLS was but I'm chuffed with how they turned out. :thumbup:

    I'd like to get some black wafer head screws to replace the visible ones but I'm too tight to spend the extra £20 :laughing:

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  2. gaz1

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    as long as it looks nice and dosnt cost the earth who cares

    looks really good though

    @Burdekin when are you making some for cottage ? :whistle::D
     
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  3. Burdekin

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    Yeah the boss wants a big table for outside so is on the list to do this summer.
     
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  4. That looks really good, better than I've seen at garden centres. I've taken the liberty of saving the picture if that's ok?
     
  5. grim_d

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    No problem.

    To be honest it mostly a copy of the last set we had, with a few tweaks here and there to improve it.
     
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  7. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    nice!

    if you want black screws, push em into a piece of cardboard and spray paint the heads
     
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  8. grim_d

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    That's the bosses domain...I've plenty of my own padding. :D

    A black paint pen was easier. :laughing:

    It's the wafer heads I'd like really. Nicer looking than a pz2 screw head.
     
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  9. Ton-up

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    They look great.
    If you want to prolong their life, get some rubber feet on the bottom of the legs to keep them from sucking up moisture.
    I used small round feet like small doorstops on ours.
     
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  10. grim_d

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    It's funny you should say that, I've got a Lin bin full of old door stops to cut up for that very purpose.

    Though sitting on the sandstone flags it's not too much of a concern, it was the slats that gave up first on the last set....through my lack of maintenance. :ashamed:
     
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    :clapping:
     
  12. Migmac

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    Looks good, just need the weather now
     
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  13. Olderisbetter

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    It will out last the plastic and metal crap from B&Q that you see for £300 on sale all the time
     
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  14. Screwdriver

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    Looks very nice indeed. May not be appropriate for your application but for blacking up screws and bolts, I get them red hot and dunk in oil.
     
  15. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    doesnt that make the screws too brittle to screw in?
     
  16. Screwdriver

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    Never had an issue, depends on the material of the screw. I usually do that to bigger bolts but also some hinge pins the other day.

    I don't quench them at red heat. Get them red hot, allow to cool and form scale then dunk to give it a nice crusty coat. Or just get them to a dark blue temper and cool. It's a nice way to reuse rusty old bolts or coach screws without having to bother with derusting them. The forge takes care of the rust.
     
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  17. grim_d

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    Yeah it's a great way of blackening uncoated or rusty fasteners but If i was buying wafer heads anyway I'd be just as well buying the black ones, same price.

    The ones in now are green decking/outdoor screws, I imagine the high heat wouldn't do the coating any favours either, they are high carbon steel too which might get brittle if it gets too hot.
     
  18. Screwdriver

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    To be fair if you got them hot, you'd anneal them or soften unless you quenched while still above critical. But we digress, they're probably too small and as you say already coated so heat blacking is inappropriate in this case.
     
  19. grim_d

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    @Screwdriver

    You are of course right but I would definitely overheat them before quenching because I'm a bumbling hamfisted moron...make them glass hard then effectively my chairs would be held together with twiglets. :D
     
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  20. anto44

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    Looks mint. Better quality than the "get one summer out of it and then it's junk" stuff for sale in the big depot stores.
     
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