The adirondack chair I built last spring spent a lonely summer in the front yard awaiting its mate. With competition for my attention from summertime activities and other house projects, however, the second chair has sat for weeks half-assembled in my garage.
But now, with winter’s snow a daily possibility, completing the lawn furniture has moved up my priority list– and not because I prefer to lounge outside in my snowmobile suit and furry hat. I just need to get this chair out of my garage so I have room to work on repairing and repainting the windows and doors for my bedroom project.
When I built the first chair, I had a tough time staining all the nooks and gaps once it was fully assembled. For the second chair, I am applying the first coat of stain when the chair is only partially assembled, including staining the back and seat slats before installation. To allow me to stain all sides of the lumber at once, I have tacked screws into the chair parts and suspended them from the overhead garage framing. When I take down the lumber, the small screw holes will hardly be visible and then only from the underside of the chair.
I have also done a fair bit of cutting and sanding to get the lumber ready for stain. On the first chair, I used standard sandpaper in my power palm sander and found that I went through sanding sheets very quickly. This time, I went to my local True Value hardware store and discovered an excellent sandpaper upgrade: GatorGrit heavy duty stick-on sandpaper sheets. Not only do these sheets hold up much longer than ordinary sandpaper, but the adhesive backing makes paper changes fast and holds the paper securely to the sander. I won’t buy anything else for my palm sander from now on– it’s that big an improvement.
Although there isn’t much left to do on the chair, it will take a few more days to finish simply due to the drying times I need to allow the stain and the wood filler that will cover the assembly screws. If things work out, I might even get a chance to try out the chair in the yard before any snow falls.
Disclosure: I was one of five bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program and my DIY project as well as my posts about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.