Outdoor Sectional

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 06/11/2017 - 19:33

First attempt at a project of this size. 7 middle, armless sections, and 4 corner/end sections. Increased the height of the backs and gave them a slight recline. Didn't have the effect that I wanted. Learned lots of lessons over the course of the month or so I was working on this. 1. Spring for the premium boards instead of the terrible ones you have to pick from for the common boards. 2. Use a stop block on your miter, and cut all your boards before starting assembly. Uniform cuts save lots of frustration. 3. They make outdoor use pocket screws. Who knew? We will see how long the first couple of sections hold up over time. 4. Stain REALLY doesn't stick to glue. Seriously, not even a little. Watch the over application and sand if it you have to. 5. Cushions are EXPENSIVE! 6. I HATE finishing. My wife stained the last 7 pieces.


Taking a break from building for a bit. It's summer, and I'd rather spend it at the pool than  sweating it out in my 100 degree garage. 

Estimated Cost
$1500+ by the time I bought the cushions. Possibly overspent on the premium pine, but well worth it to have a better selection of straight, square boards.
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
Thompsons waterseal and stain.
Recommended Skill Level