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Deck chairs you can build.

They're comfortable to use and compact to store

THE DRAMATIC DESIGN Of Phoebe Brunner and Steve Hausz's Santa Barbara roof deck was what originally entranced us when we published photos of it last June. But then something else caught our eye: their terrific-looking deck chairs. Are the as comfortable as they look? we wondered. Did they build them? Could we tell ou readers how to build them?

Yes, they're comfortable, yes, they built them, and yes, so can you. Brunner an Hausz made a dozen chairs; when you see how compactly the chairs store when not in use, we bet you won't be able to make just one either.

We modified the design to use standard-dimension lumber. The only tricky part i plotting and cutting the curved rails that serve as legs as well as supports fo the seat and back; for these, you'll need patience and a saber saw. Materials for each chair (made from clear all-heart redwood) cost about $40, including screws and glue. Plan on spending a solid weekend making the first chair; subsequent ones should go a little faster. Brenner and Hausz used a solid-body exterior stain on their chairs; we left ours natural.


You'll need the following materials:

1 6-foot 2-by-8

2 1-by-2s (1 10-foot and 1 12-foot length)

1 4-foot 1-by-4

Waterproof glue

34 2 1/2-inch self-tapping deck screws

Cut the 2-by-8 into two equal pieces. Enlarge the drawing below (each square equals 2 inches) and transfer the curves to the boards. (If you want to make th transfer with a compass, each curve is a 63-inch radius.) The upper piece, the back rail, is 2 1/2 inches wide; the lower piece, the seat rail, is about 1/8 inch narrower so it easily slips inside the other rail assembly for storage. Cu both pairs of rails, and check to make sure the seat rails are indeed slightly narrower than the back rails. Sand or plane the rail surfaces smooth (we used a spokeshave to plane the inside curves).

Cut the 1-by-2s and the 1-by-4 to 19 3/4-inch lengths, and position the slats o the rails as shown in the drawing (you should have 13 1-by-2 slats and 2 1-by-4 slats). Slats on the seat rails should hang 2 1/2 inches over the outside edges of the seat rails, slats on the back rails 2 3/8 inches from the inside edges o the back rails (again, so the pieces fit together easily). Glue all connecting surfaces. Put one deck screw into each end of each 1-by-2 and two into each end of each 1-by-4.
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Author:Crosby, Bill
Date:Apr 1, 1994
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