Can BevsChairs be left outside all the time?
Yes, BevsChairs can be to be left outdoors at all times and the quality of the materials used reflects that. However, Bev encourages you to look after the timber by oiling the Saligna Eucalyptus wood to ensure that it lasts over time to prevent the timber drying out and starting to split.
How often should I oil the wood?
That depends on how long you leave the chairs outside, exposed to strong sun and alternating rain. As a guideline, if the chairs are left outdoors all year round then oil all the exposed wood surfaces at least once a year. If you bring them outside only in summer, then they may need oiling every two years. If you only bring them out when you use them, then it may be as long as oiling them every 3 to 5 years. Basically, keep an eye on the wood. You don’t want it to dry out so much that it starts to split. Any wood will do this.
What oil should I use?
Before assembly, Bev has already soaked all the separate components in Cabot’s Aquadeck oil (Amber) available from such outlets as Bunnings Warehouse. “This allows natural oils to penetrate and nourish timber, then creates a durable acrylic barrier for a beautiful natural finish – Cabot’s Website”. Use this product or the Cabot’s Garden Furniture Oil (Natural). Ensure that any dirt or grime is gently scrubbed off first. This is a water-based oil so is easy to re-apply to any exposed wood with a brush or cloth. Leave to dry 2 hours before applying a second coat. Of course you can apply oil-based furniture oils…. but Bev chooses water based oils because it is so much quicker and easier but still gives a great finish.
What if I want to oil under the fabric sling or replace that sling?
It is easier to oil the whole chair with the sling removed. To do this, use an alum key to loosen screws either side and totally undo the screws that hold the sling slung braces. Remove the sling. Use a brush or cloth to apply the oil then wipe any excess off with a cloth. Carefully line up the screws before tightening. Do not over-tighten as this could split the wood.
Sometimes the Saligna wood sort of feels rough. Can I do anything about that?
It is normal for the surface fibres of the Saligna wood to rise slightly if left in the rain for extended periods. A light sand and re-oil will give a smooth finish again if this annoys you.
What if my screw holes are getting worn with time and the screw no longer seems to fully tighten?
You can pack the screw hole with a couple of tooth picks and then tighten the screw…. this will again lock it in.
What does the logo BSP stamped on BevsChairs stand for?
When Bev started the business, she used the first letter of her and her husband name, “B”, then the first letter of her surname “S” and and then the first letter of her husband’s surname “P”. They loved the combined symbol it produced. Then they tried to think of a name that suited the product and the acronym. To start with they called the business Back Shed Productions but then found that someone already had that as a Company name, so then they thought Better Sitting Products was another option. Finally, they realised that the formal name BevsChairs was the best name for the business but BSP still remains the symbolic stamp.
How do I clean the PVC Polyester slings/fabric?
PVC Polyester (Shadecloth) slings are easy to clean. Firstly rinse off any loose dirt with clean cold or warm water. Further dirt on the sling can be easily removed by applying a mixture of warm water and detergent with a soft bristled brush, sponge or cloth. Rinse again and leave to dry first if intending to fold and store the furniture.
How do I clean the Planosol acrylic canvas fabric?
Brush any loose dirt off. Soak using a mild natural soap in luke-warm water. Rinse several times to remove the soap. Ensure the fabric is dry before either storing or folding the furniture.
Who designed the “rocking” aspect of this chair?
The rocking aspect of this chair appears to have been around since at least the 1930s. Early Portuguese vintage folding chairs are shown to have the similar 4-points-of-pivot that create the unique tilting/rocking aspect of BevsChairs. In fact Bev has been approached by local NZ craftsmen who boasted that they made these exact types of chairs in the 1970s but with less modern hardware that allows now for the neat dove tailing of braces into side rails.