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PVC is affordable outdoor furniture material

Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for building projects.
BY Don and Dave Runyan Published: April 16, 2012

With warm weather on the way, it's time for do-it-yourselfer to get those outdoor spaces ready for summer fun. This year, make a big change with a small investment of time and money with some new outdoor furniture. The key is PVC. Easy and inexpensive to work with, PVC makes deck or patio furniture that's attractive, durable, lightweight and easy to clean.

Featuring two comfortable seats with a table in between, this classic twin-seater is no exception. The project is made from 50 feet of Schedule 40 PVC pipe, a few common pipe joints, a small piece of particle board (for the tabletop), some canvas, a couple of ready-made cushions and PVC glue. The only tools you need are a pipe cutter or hacksaw, a hammer, a pair of scissors, a tape measure, needle and thread and some sandpaper.

To build, cut the pipe to length and fit the pieces together as indicated. Cut the canvas to size, sew the seat slings and add standard-size cushions. A particle-board table top completes the project, which can easily be assembled in a single afternoon.

The PVC Twin-Seater measures about 64 inches long by 23 inches deep by 30 inches tall.

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