This was my first woodworking project. Ana made it look doable and I didn’t like any of the outdoor furniture offerings I could afford so I thought “why not”?
I couldn’t find wood at any of the big box stores due to a severe wood shortage. Good timing on my part. As a result of the shortage the cost of the wood was higher (around $550 Canadian) but I did save around $200 by ordering from a local producer. And the wood I got was spectacular! I don’t think I’ll ever go big box again as there is no comparison.
I ordered freshly milled pine which was air dried, from local Scierie Carson (Carson sawmill). I further air dried the planks in our barn, oiled them with boiled linseed oil and cut. I modified the plan slightly to add some posts in the arms and to lower the seat backs as the cushions I found were not as tall as Ana’s. I managed to find them on sale at Christmas time at a local Reno Depot (Quebec’s version of Rona, Lowe’s or Home Depot). The cushions cost $500 Canadian for 10 sets and believe me that was a deal.
Over all it was not hard to do and I’m thrilled with the results. I have a gorgeous patio set that will adorn our farm deck for many years to come.