We are now offering all of our cedar Adirondack furniture with options on the amount of finish work and sanding, ranging from Rough Cut parts kits for handyman types and resellers, to Ready to Assemble with all of the edges rounded over and ready to put together straight out of the box, to Fine Finish Sanded.
Previously, the only item that we offered in a rough kit form was our standard Adirondack chair, now all of our Adirondack patio furniture, with the exception of the Folding Adirondack Chair and Folding Ottoman, is available as a Rough Cut kit. The Rough Cut furniture kits are being made available at very affordable prices.
For the Rough Cut Adirondack furniture, we layout and cut out all of the parts. The critical hardware locations are also marked. The edges will be either mill planered or saw cut, but unsanded, and unrouted, allowing you to use the edge profile of your choice. The back slats are all left the same length, and are not cut to a curve, allowing you to cut them to whatever shape you like. The faces are planered, but not sanded, and all of the screw and bolt holes are undrilled, so that you can assemble the furniture as you wish, whether using nails or counter-sinking and plugging the screw holes. We include our standard hardware for your convenience. If you have the tools and the inclination, this is a great option to save money, and create a unique piece of furniture for yourself, or to sell or give as a gift.
For the Ready to Assemble Adirondack patio furniture we layout and cut out all of the parts, sand the edges, round over the edges, drill all of the screw and bolt holes, and sand the faces only as necessary to remove mill marks, etc. The furniture is ready to put together and use, or to apply a coat of paint. Some of the surfaces may have slightly raised grain patterns, etc., but the furniture is as ready to accept a finish as typical milled house siding or wood decking.
For the Fine Finish Sanded furniture we layout and cut out all of the parts, sand the edges, round over the edges, drill all of the screw and bolt holes, finish sand all of the faces and hand sand all of the rounded edges of all parts. The furniture is ready to put together and use, or to apply a coat of paint, stain or varnish of your choice. The extra time and expense of all the finish sanding is not necessary if your going to leave the furniture unfinished, or if you are going to use traditional fence or deck type finishes, but provides a superior surface for applying finer finish options such as marine grade varnish or sprayed on primer and paint.
Which option is best for you? Well, it depends on what you want to do with your new furniture -
If you are going to leave the wood raw, and let it weather, then the Ready to Assemble option is just what you need. Also, if you are going to apply a coat of primer and paint, a colored stain, or any other brushed on finish, the Ready to Assemble option will work just great. Some customers will probably want to finish sand everything themselves first, but this is usually not necessary.
Aerosol paints also work really well, as long as you apply a primer first. ValSpar makes a line of paints which are available at most home improvement stores. One drawback is that sprayed on paint tends to go on in a thinner coat, so the smoother the surface, the smoother the finished product. In this case, I would recommend the Fine Finish Sanded option. I also recommend this option if you are going to use a sprayed on clear finish.
The Ready to Assemble prices for all of our furniture are lower than our previous prices. We felt that making these options available to our customers was the way to provide the best value.