Adirondack Chair, aka my 1st Project

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Project by mds4752 posted 10-27-2013 08:39 PM 1351 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off, sorry if the pics aren’t oriented properly; couldn’t figure out how to do that. They’re correct on my phone!! Any advice on fixing this would be most appreciated.

Not perfect, but I’m pleased with the outcome and I learned a lot.

Used Fine Woodworking plans, 5/4 & 4/4 cypress and Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane (3 coats).

Key takeaways:
1) planers make a huge difference in the milling process (bought one after I’d already started assembling so I didn’t use it for this project)
2) ensure your project, once assembled, can fit through your doors! Almost had to disassemble to get it out of basement.
3) enjoy the process

-- "Live each day as if it were your last; one day you're sure to be right." -- Lt Harry "Breaker" Morant

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#1 posted 10-27-2013 09:30 PM

Nice chair!!!

-- Dana

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#2 posted 10-27-2013 10:21 PM

You wouldn’t be fibbing would you? That is a terrific looking chair for a first project!! Can’t help with the pic. problem, I’m so old fashioned I still use a camera. The planer, I’d hate to be without one, you will love it. The fitting through the door, that made me chuckle. I had that happen a time or two, and I bet we aren’t the only ones. Great job, keep them coming!

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#3 posted 10-27-2013 11:25 PM

That is a great project. First? All those things you learned, ah the fun stuff. My pictures from the phone post wrong. I download to the computer then here and they are ok. Try searching, there are a lot of smart cookies here on this site that are always helpful. Welcome and enjoy the ride.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 10-28-2013 12:43 AM

Thanks for the feedback everyone. Actually, if you count my workbench (used Fine Woodworking plans for New Fangled Workbench) and my crosscut sled, this would be my 3rd project I guess!!

In the beginning stage of trying to sell my home, so I’m debating whether to postpone my next project or just plough ahead. Going to try a shaker style cabinet/bookcase. Most excited about the joinery for it. Everything I’ve built do far is fastened together with metal fasteners. Want to try my hand at some wooden joints!!

Thanks again!!

-- "Live each day as if it were your last; one day you're sure to be right." -- Lt Harry "Breaker" Morant

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#5 posted 10-28-2013 11:29 AM

Great first, hope to see more.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 10-31-2013 02:30 PM

Great looking and well crafted chair! Like the long back rest, makes it more comfy. Great job!

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