Materials we use to build your chairs.
If you are not ordering one of our redwood chairs, then you are purchasing one of our painted chairs, which are built out of a combination of exterior grade plywood and primed pine. See information about these wood types below.
We like to consider our chairs as using repurposed wood. Plywood uses thin layers and uses more of the tree than traditional lumber. The primed pine is finger jointed and made out of smaller pieces of pine scraps to make the larger pieces we use.
Exterior Grade Plywood
We use ACX plywood on our painted chairs. ACX is constructed of a very high grade plywood. It is not made from a species of wood or tree, but rather from veneers, which are layered together with each layer’s grain perpendicular to the surrounding two layers. Each 4’ x 8’ sheet of plywood has waterproof glue has minimal knot gaps, or air pockets in the layers.
Soft and hard wood planks has a tendency to be brittle and snap while plywood bends slightly and is more forgiving, so it works better as seat and backrest pieces.
Sanding the edges and giving each piece a coat of primer, before assembly, creates a chair that survives the elements. As with any outdoor furniture, it should get a fresh coat of paint every 3-5 years.
Primed Finger Jointed Pine
Kelleher Advantage PlusTM products are a fully treated, primed finger jointed Pine product that is strong, versatile, and easy to use. Made from a renewable resource, these products withstand a wide range of climates and come with a 30 year warranty. The LOSP treatment process makes Advantage Plus safer to use and handle than other treated products. Advantage Plus carries a variety of Green building certifications. Advantage Plus products are paint ready with two factory applied coatings, durable, safe for interior and exterior use, termite resistant and defect free.
Nuts, Bolts and Screws
We use stainless steel (SS) carriage bolts, nuts and screws. SS is highly resistant to corrosion which makes it the best choice for outdoor furniture.
With stainless steel, the addition of nitrogen also improves resistance to pitting corrosion and increases mechanical strength.
We use 2" long SS screws to fasten all boards as the longer length provides for increased strength between connections and less flexing of the joint.
Primer and Paint
Spraying paint and primer allows the crevices between boards to receive a continuous thickness of material. We use all Benjamin Moore products on our patio furniture.
We spray primer onto each board before assembly to make sure that every piece is fully guarded against the elements. We apply 2 coats of paint on top of the primer and you can also order a 3rd coat of paint for extra protection.