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Offline HowardH

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Lounge chairs
« on: February 07, 2022, 10:56 AM »
A customer asked me if I could build 4 lounge chairs made from composite decking material.  I had never built one before but of course I said yes and then started my search for an acceptable unit. This is the chair, I hadn't cleaned it up yet when photographed. This material is HEAVY!  It probably weighs at least 150#s. I got a Domino to put the frame and the adjustable back together. The material is from Armadillo Decking and is solid core with a plastic wrap. I discovered Titebond III won't stick to the wrap but it will bind the cut ends, especially when used with the Dominos. As with any new project, I learned what to do and not to do with the first one so the next 3 should go much smoother and not have any waste.  :o ::)  For the exposed ends, I found that using oil-based gel stain works great to match the walnut wrap.   

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Re: Lounge chairs
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2022, 11:19 AM »
very nice. How many feet of decking per chair?

Offline HowardH

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Re: Lounge chairs
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2022, 11:33 AM »
about 90, give or take a few screw ups...  I bought all they had, 24 pieces at 12' but it's not going to be enough.  Looks like I need to buy 4-6 more. 
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Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Lounge chairs
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2022, 06:38 PM »
Looks cool, got any pics of the tilting mechanism?

I built some planter boxes at work for the side patio, last spring. They came out nice, but like you said, there's a bit of a learning curve with composite.
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Re: Lounge chairs
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2022, 09:37 PM »
Found some technical info on their site.

https://armadillodeck.com/technical-safety-information/

It's made from HDPE and wood mostly according to the SDS sheet.

They recommend sealing with Armadillo End Board Sealer.

I was curious what the Coefficient of expansion is for the decking,
but didn't find it listed in the tech specs.

https://armadillodeck.com/
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Offline HowardH

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Re: Lounge chairs
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2022, 04:09 PM »
Looks cool, got any pics of the tilting mechanism?

I built some planter boxes at work for the side patio, last spring. They came out nice, but like you said, there's a bit of a learning curve with composite.

I finished up construction on another one.  Not cleaned up yet but this will show you the mechanism.  I got the plans from a guy who was willing to share them.


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Re: Lounge chairs
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2022, 05:36 PM »
nice work Howard

Offline HowardH

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Re: Lounge chairs
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2022, 05:40 PM »
Thanks, the Domino came in really handy.  The plans called for pocket screws on the back side of the adjustable back and can you imagine how ugly that would have been? I used double dominos on the miters and poly glue so it should be plenty strong.
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