The chair was fairly easy to assemble. The chair is VERY lightweight. I'm not sure what type of...
August 21, 2018
The chair was fairly easy to assemble. The chair is VERY lightweight. I'm not sure what type of wood it is made of, but it is very reminiscent of balsa wood--only a bit thicker. Even in the course of assembling the chair, one of the arms got a bit bashed up on a corner. Even though the price was pretty good and I want another chair, I'm not rushing out to buy another.
The chair was easy to assemble and was quite light. But the wood was full of splinters, so I had ...
June 26, 2018
The chair was easy to assemble and was quite light. But the wood was full of splinters, so I had to spend a lot of time sanding it down, but even then I couldn't get it completely splinter free. Painting the chair helped reduce the splinters a bit. But for the price, it's decent value.
Needed cheap and unfinished wood chairs for a project. Assembly was easy. I am not an expert by any means with that kind of stuff and was able to assemble in less than 30 mins. Once together tou do need to sand the wood before painting. Some rustoleum outdoor paint and gloss seal spray and these were ready to go!
The simple design, light weight and strength of the wood stood out when I opened the box. (I bought two.) The box says "Solid Fir Construction," probably Asian fir, since it comes from China. I understand that Asian fir is comparable to a species of teak, which is resistant to damage from insects, fungus, and moisture decay. The wood smells like cedar, a sign that it contains some kind of natural protective oil.
I was pleased that the seat and back slats had already been assembled, but when I began checking the screws for tightness, some were loose. Also, the middle six seat slats had only two screws, one at each end. The slats would wiggle when I tested them, and the #6 1 ¼” screws were too flimsy for my taste.
I replaced the smaller fasteners, with #8, 1 1/2" screws, countersunk. I filled in all the screw holes throughout with wood filler and sanded. I used a (noisy) new Ryobi finish sander, which helped a great deal, especially in removing some factory tool marks on one of the arms.
After assembly, I tightened all the carriage bolts and gave it test sit. It was perfectly fine, but I wanted a bit more stability; so I free-handed a cross-brace in back made of scrap red cedar. The color didn’t match, but the brace will be out of sight.
After I was completely satisfied, I applied a liberal coating of Teak Oil.
Notice all the screws have disappeared. Had I thought ahead, I would have used stainless steel screws to prevent rust. It should not be a problem though because my patio is covered.
I own two of these chairs which I purchased a few years ago to place at an off-grid cabin. They were very easy to assemble and were cut perfectly. I did not need to sand or modify either of the chairs to get them together. In fact, I assembled them in a field and used only basic tools.
Even though it looks great unfinished--the wood is pine--so it definitely needs a top coat to protect from the elements. I used a rich espresso stain on both and they look great. I would definitely recommend staining the wood before assembly, as the narrow gaps make it challenging to get a consistent coat. Of my two chairs, I kept one outside and one inside and you can definitely tell the difference now after several years. The one inside remains perfect, the one outside requires an upkeep coat.
I did not encounter any of the issues other reviewers noted regarding the chair being flimsy or loose. Mine fit snugly and do not wobble. I've had several people sit in the chairs, some with a rather large build, and there have never been any complaints.
My chairs see periodic use, yet when used they are treated roughly as makeshift holders for all sorts of gear when not accommodating people. They stand up well and should last for years to come.
I am happy with the purchase.
Once the chair is complete it looks crooked and cheap! Only after taking the time to sand and paint the chairs did I realize that the pre-drilled holes did not line up!!! To add to my further disappointment was that two of the chairs broke only min. after assembly, the screw holes were stripped! Not likely to support the 400lb weight limit, the back of the chair seems to frail and unstable. My dog on the other hand...loves the chair!
This chair required a lot of finish work in order to get it up to snuff for stain. There was a lot of chip out, especially on the screw holes and none of the edges are eased, meaning the corners of the boards are pretty sharp out of the box. It's pine though, so it's not hard to smooth everything out. I also added some woodglue at all the mating surfaces and I haven't had any issue with racking or wobbling. I sanded mine up to 220 grit, finished with some danish oil that I had laying around and I've been very happy with how it turned out. If you're willing to put in some time and sweat to save a few bucks, then this is the chair for you. If you're lazy and just want to save a few bucks (especially if you don't have abrasives or finishes laying around) I would look elsewhere.