New to all things + Adirondack plans

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Blog entry by TJWilson87 posted 06-02-2021 05:18 PM 316 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Good morning all, I am going to say that I am new to woodworking half because I haven’t done very many projects and the other half because I still feel like a fraud calling myself a woodworker. I have built a few book shelfs and a table made from old, kids painted, fence panels, and most recent would be a bad frame with castle joints. Plus a few other knickknacks that I don’t remember as of right this min. So please preference your answers to my noviceness.

I am wanting to build a few Adirondack chairs for my mom for her birthday. I know I can download tons of plans and even order some templates from Pinterest, Rockler, Woodcraft and so so so many more places. And if that is the answer to my question then so be it, but… now to my question. I don’t really like screw or bolts so I was hoping someone had a place that I could buy plans that is fastener-less plans or at least the major joints to be fastener-less some sort of joinery.

Thank you in advance for everyone that reads this and I hope to get some good feedback.

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#1 posted 06-03-2021 02:30 AM

I am in the midst of adirondacks. 8 of them to go around my firepit. 5 done, 3 more to assemble ( though the last might not make the team as it will have the lesser quality parts ). I didn’t shop around for plans, I disassembled a broken chair for part templates.

While I am using deck screws and lags, in my opinion it would be simple enough to replace these fixtures with appropriately sized oak dowels and a decent outdoor glue like tightbond III or epoxy. Where a plan calls for a screw hole, drill a dowel hole, add glue and tap it home. I’d probably use 3/8 and 3/4.

In terms of plans, I prefer curved back chairs. They are much more comfortable than flat backs, and they look better. If you have access to a bandsaw and/or spoke shave to shape a curve, I’d recommend that way. If not, of course it can still be awesome. Keep in mind that different plans may require different tooling.

good luck

-- derek / oregon

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