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Patio dining set has PVC panache

Anyone with a patio or deck knows that outdoor furniture is essential for making full use of this valuable living space. Ideally, this furniture should be attractive, weatherproof, lightweight, durable and easy to clean.

Now you can add "easy to build" and "inexpensive" to that list of attributes.

For the set pictured here, all that is required is 96 feet of 1.5-inch, schedule 40 PVC pipe (less than $40 at most home centers), a selection of pipe joints and caps, particle board and plastic laminate (or a ready-made table top), canvas and thread (for the chair seats), glue and nails.

Just cut the pipe to length, assemble with PVC cement and add the table top and chair seats. Depending on the builder, the pipe may be left white or painted.

The PVC Dining Set plan, No. 665, is $8.95 and includes step-by-step directions with 24 photos, construction diagrams, sewing instructions for the chair cushions and separate shopping lists and cutting schedules for the table and chairs, so it's easy to add extra chairs. An option for a round table top is also included.

A package of four PVC plans, No. C25, is available for $21.95 and includes this plan plus plans for a lawn swing, a set of lawn furniture and a twin seater. A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $3.95. Prices include postage and handling.

Please allow three to four weeks for delivery. For rush delivery, add $1 an item up to $3 maximum and allow seven to 10 days.

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