If you love the outdoors and spend your weekends on your deck or patio then you need comfortable lawn furniture. Do you love to have parties outside and do a little barbecuing on the weekends but, just don't have enough seats for all your friends? Also, if you have purchased cheap constructed lawn furniture in the past then you know it just want, withstand the elements! If these outdoor seating problems have hindered you before, then I believe the Amish woodworkers might be able to help. I've been doing a little research to help you transform your deck, patio, or pool side into an oasis with Amish constructed Polymer wood lawn furniture. Once again the Crockett Cooner is here at The Amish Of Ethridge doing a little blogging on the amazing Amish community here in Ethridge Tennessee and their excellent Poly wood constructed outdoor furniture. So sit right back for a good read on Amish Poly furniture that is sure to help you transform your patio from just another spot in the yard, into a cozy corner of relaxation...
So What Is Amish Poly Outdoor Furniture Really Made Of
Poly wood furniture basically is recycled polyethylene plastic. The same type of plastic that is found in many day to day items such as the plastic in soda bottles, car and truck interior door panels, and many other household storage containers. A great point about Poly wood furniture or (HDPE) as many people referrer to it comes about in the recycling process. The pigment or color in the polyethylene furniture begins in the recycling process where items such as old bottles are separated by color, size, and thickness. This separation is to insure that there is no contamination in the end of the recycling process.
Now after the first initial separation process of the recycled plastics the separated products are then washed. This washing of the old plastic is to remove labels and left over residue from things such as detergents. A little side note, it only takes one small label to ruin an entire batch of recycled plastics. The clean plastics is then put into a shredder, much like the shredders in the YouTube videos we have all come to love and watch. The shredding process is where different grades of plastic can further be separated to make other items such as additives for different plastics compound mixtures. The shredded pieces of plastic are then checked for weight and once checked are melted down to form small plastic pellets that will be heated, formed, and pressed into different grades of plastics such as the grade, poly outdoor furniture is made of. Below is a table showing six different types of plastics and what they are used for, and for a little more information here is a link to shed a little more light on what Poly wood really is Poly Wood Lumber.
Six Different Types Of Plastics And Their Uses
Polyethylene Terephthalate #1 : Used For (Food Grade Containers)
High-Density Polyethylene #2 : Used for children's (Toys)
Polyvinyl Chloride #3 : Used For (Amish Poly Furniture)
Low-Density Polyethylene #4 : Used for (Garbage Bags)
Polypropylene #5 : Used for plastics found in Tool & Die Machine work for making (Surgical Tools)
Polystyrene #6 : Used for completely disposable products that can only be recycled once (Packing & Shipping Material)
How To Spot Good Grade Amish Poly Outdoor Furniture
Now that you have a better understanding of how poly plastic wood is made, one major thing to look for when buying Amish poly wood lawn furniture is to check for major imperfections in the finish of the poly plastics. On some rare occasions you will see a piece of poly plastics that did not form correctly. In the forming process, the poly wood pellets are heated and pressed into extremely long boards. The boards are sent through a cooling tank that sprays the new plastic boards with high pressure water. The High pressure water spray is what gives poly wood its genuine, look of wood grain. Also, the use of high pressure water spray is what cools the plastic, so it gains it rigid toughness. But, keep in mind the next time you buy Amish poly wood outdoor furniture. IF, the cooling water jets have become clogged in the cooling process or the CNC machines that cut and shape the new poly boards had a dulled tool bit. The poly wood can have major imperfections in the finished boards, it just want look like real wood!!!
This is where the Amish in their belief of building good quality furniture shines through. Just like the traditional wood products the Amish woodworkers construct. The Amish woodworkers carefully hand check the new poly wood lumber before assembling any outdoor furniture. This is what makes the Amish constructed poly furniture better than most. IF there is any imperfections in the new poly boards, it is common place for the Amish woodworkers to turn the imperfections downward or completely discard the piece, to keep the parts of the new furniture that is visible to the eye, looking its best. I would think you might be hard pressed to find this type of careful inspections of the boards on any of the cheaper poly wood furniture found at many major box stores.
- Amish Poly wood furniture does not have to be painted.
- Amish Poly wood furniture can withstand the elements better than traditional outdoor furniture.
- Amish Poly wood furniture is lighter in weight than tradition outdoor furniture (makes it easier to move, if needed!!!)
- Amish Poly wood furniture helps save the environment from waste plastic products (ECO Friendly).
- Amish Poly wood furniture requires no maintenance, other than a good was with a garden hose.
So How Do The Amish Sale Poly Wood Outdoor Furniture Cheaper Than Most Places
If you have ever priced good quality outdoor furniture then you know it's expensive!!! The Amish usually buy supplies in bulk and Poly wood is no different. Also, the Amish woodworkers are usually cheaper in hourly labor cost, and when you combine those two points with quality craftsmanship, you just can't beat Amish made Poly wood furniture. Just take a look at the chairs in the above picture, that where built here in the Amish community in Ethridge Tennessee. Usually chairs that are of lesser quality than the chairs above, will cost upwards of $400.00 a piece. The style of Poly wood Amish chairs in the above picture will many times sale for a quarter of that price. Not only are they better constructed than the chairs you find at most box stores, the styling and design of the Amish poly wood chairs are usually more unique than the standard poly wood outdoor furniture found at major retail stores. It's not uncommon to see Amish Poly wood furniture, such as the chairs above with gliding footstools or drink holders built into the design of the poly products.
On one of my past trips to Amish country I ask an Amish woodwork just what went into building a piece poly wood outdoor furniture, here's what he told me...
"We do all of the work buy hand, our poly wood comes to us unshaped. We drill all of the holes by hand, cut all of the poly wood on our saws, and do all of our own routing. We try and build poly furniture that is comfortable with different options and styles not like the ones at the stores"
What Other Products Do The Amish Build From Poly Wood
As always the Amish woodworkers build the normal Adirondack style of outdoor chairs from poly wood but, did you know if you in the market for a folding poly wood outdoor chair the Amish also build those. Not to mention you can buy porch swings, foot gliders, glider chairs, tables, rocking chairs, gliding swings, and stationary benches and chairs all made from poly wood that the Amish construct! But, there is another special thing that many visitors to the Ethridge Amish community find interesting that our Amish community builds out of Poly wood. The Amish woodworkers in our community build playground sets for children that are usually constructed from regular wood and poly wood. In the above picture the handcrafted playground equipment does have real lumber in its construction. But, if you look closely many of the smaller pieces of the play set, such as the ladder is made from Poly wood, not to mention the slide and swing seats are all polyethylene plastic.
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The prices differ from Amish shop to shop, you have to go and search for the BEST price, also prices may change!
The Amish woodworkers usually are building poly wood furniture daily. So, any time Monday-Saturday during the day, is the best time to buy from the Amish (* keep in mind the Amish DO NOT work on Sunday or major holidays, it's against their religious teachings)
The best way is just to take a trip to Amish country and plan to drive and look for signs that show what each individual Amish shop builds. Also, word of mouth is big in the Amish community, take a second and stop in at any Amish shop. Usually someone there will direct you on the best place to buy what your after.
Remember cash money is usually the best bet when buying form the Amish. There will be NO ATM's or debit card machines near buy, and the Amish usually don't take debit cards or personal checks. Don't get in a rush, the Amish shops will many times take a little time or be behind, when constructing a big or special order. Ask for different options in the furniture, if you don't see something you like. (*Note: Keep in mind if it's not the style or color chair you want, it doesn't mean the Amish shop can't build one special to your design)