My Old Adirondack Chairs #1: Good bye Old Chair Friends

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 10-13-2017 01:04 AM 1091 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Like saying Good Bye to a favorite friend, I made these over 29 years ago and it lead to making …well I am up to 17 chairs. It helps to give them away as wedding presents 2 at a time. These are from Woodsmith plans, also with a coffee table. I really love about these that they DON’T slope so deep in the back of the chair like most Adirondack chairs. I have had men 6 foot tall sit in these and when they get out they are pleased that it was not like most needing a crane to pull them out. So in my pics the front view shows the rule and it is 15 inches to the seat edge. and the side view shows a 12 inch rule at the corner of the back edge….so the back end is high off the floor and not a large drop in the seat angle. And you

see a roll in the seat. The Woodsmith plans are very clear to make the patterns and how many boards to make a chair. I usually made two at a time and would use 5 1×12 with little extra. Most of mine were in regular pine with few knots, a better grade and if knots I planned them for the legs and arms not the seat and back. This chair was wood stained and on a shaded porch its first several years then 8 years exposed on our deck. I would prop the legs up in winter and cover the two, now at this house 4 years exposed to weather. Last year I enjoyed sitting in it while recovering from knee surgery and it was very sturdy. The painted chairs do look better and these were with construction adhesive and screws at all connections, which was in the plans and lasted. In doing the next chairs I will make the front legs from 3 inch to 4 or 5 inch and the back cross piece to arms wider. This was the only angle cut in assembly and the only joint that failed over the years. The arms are 5 inch and maybe wider would be nice. The corner blocks inside the frame helped the whole unit stay ridgid also. I don’t want to make them in pressure treated and I cannot find the red cedar in my area-PA-. Hmmm pine lasted 20 years, I think at 65 now Pine will do and sealed holes and glue will be a treasured chair for years. I want to make this a kit style if we move with bolts for the front leg and arms one unit, seat and legs one unit, and the back to bolt to a cross board between the legs. More later as I look over the patterns I made in paneling and check on the folder I have on the plans. Also lower the front from the plans to 14 inch the plans call for 15 inch and it is better lower.

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#1 posted 10-13-2017 04:04 AM

They look like very comfortable chairs. I’ve been wanting to make a couple for a few years and it always gets pushed down on the to-do list. I’ll look up the Woodsmith plans.

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#2 posted 10-13-2017 03:16 PM has great plans and great customer service and Phil is a LumberJock.

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