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PRODUCT INFO Welcome to Garden Pine Design


Chairs normally arrive at your door within 2 working days of receipt of your payment in the North Island, 3 days in the South Island. This can be slower in peak times like the last couple of weeks up until Christmas. South Island delivery times can be less reliable at times.

We use Fastway Couriers who will deliver to your door or pass on to your Rural Post contractor if you live in the country. The couriers prefer to have someone home to accept delivery but will leave in a specified place only if we write instructions on the packages.
Prices are shown on the shop page.


Connoisseur Cape Cod Chair
Connoisseur Cape Cod Chair
Seat width:545mm
Total width:815mm
Total height:1000mm
Total length:900mm
Kit size:900x320x150mm
Approx. weight:13kg

Foot Rest
Foot Stool
Retractable FootrestAttaches to chair
Kit size:650x140x120mm
Approx. weight:2kg

Side Table
Side Table
Kit size:920x200x150mm
Approx. weight:8kg

Round Table
Round Table
Kit size:920x200x150mm
Approx. weight:9kg


Assembly of Garden Pine Design furniture is quite straight forward but requires a fair number of stainless steel screws to be wound in so with each kit we supply a square drive bit for a cordless drill or driver. Square drive screws are very user friendly and all the holes are pre drilled. The instructions are comprehensive and have photos of each stage of assembly.

Painting Tips

Treated pine will resist rots and insect damage for many years but if left unprotected in full weather will discolour and develop surface cracks (called checking) caused by swelling in the rain and drying too quickly under fierce sun. This happens to all timber to varying degrees. This is why we recommend painting. Oil stains retain the more natural look but we wouldn't recommend this option unless under a veranda or similar the oil will need replenishing frequently.

Acrylic paints require much less maintenance, are easily applied and wash up in water. They are also flexible so won't crack or peel when the timber swells slightly. Be sure to use good quality paints. They can be tinted to hundreds of colours from bold and bright to the more conservative creams and white. Lighter colours reflect the heat from the sun better so last much better unless in a shady situation. Most colours will achieve good coverage with two coats (approx. 500ml per chair), although some colours are more see through and might need one more coat. Paint manufacturers recommend priming with preferably an oil based wood primer as they seal better. Apparently there are good sealing acrylic primers available today too but whichever you use be sure to give them a healthy coat especially on the end grains of the timber where the water can get in easily. Tinting the primer to suit your top colour can help with coverage. Your paint supplier should be able to help there. Customers often ask me whether to paint before or after assembly. I only paint after assembly because I spray paint for local customers and this is easier than having parts lying around drying and touching up after screwing together. However, if brush painting, there may be some advantage in a little pre painting, but be sure not to paint over the pencil guide marks for helping assembly. You could score a mark over the pencil lines with a nail or screwdiver edge so you can see them through the paint. They won't be noticeable after assembly Personally I would assemble first and leave off or remove the bottom curved support board to paint between the bottom of the back boards as this is the trickiest part to get a brush into.


Mould can show up, especially in the winter but is easily removed with chlorine(sodium hypochlorite) based bleaches like Janola or Exit Mould. There are many types available and will work within minutes. They can be used in quite strong concentrations but should be washed off after a few minutes when the mould has gone. They can start to bleach some paint tints if really concentrated and left too long. If you are worried you could test it out of sight underneath a chair or table.

About Pine

New Zealand has some of the largest plantations of Radiata Pine in the southern hemisphere so providing Connoisseur Chairs with a reliable consistent supply of quality timber from a renewable resource (i.e. not damaging rain forests). Our timber comes from the pruned base of the tree and so is the oldest, strongest and knot free part of the tree. Pine has many advantages and some disadvantages over other timbers. Advantages include: eco friendly renewable resource, consistent supply, easily worked so it planes to a nice finish and is unlikely to split when screwed, absorbent so is easily treated, painted or stained. The disadvantages are that it needs treatment to deter insects and rots and swells when wet more than most timbers. This can lead to surface checking (cracks) if unprotected in full weather. This happens to varying degree in all timbers and is why we recommend painting the furniture.

All our furniture is LOSP pressure treated to H3 standard. The product we use is Osmose Protim Optimum. See