My Old Adirondack Chairs #3: Going to build Adirondack Chairs #19 and #20

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 05-13-2022 11:09 PM 672 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Raise you hand you don’t like to sit in an Adirondack Chair ?? Please read on….And its time to get to the Shop and use Woodsmith plans issue #69 Adirondack Chair, Settee and Table on the cover.
And I have the patterns on hardboard and paneling for the leg and arm, so the first steps were much faster now. Also I was able to make the arm support on card stock, and later I will make on cardboard ( thats anything I get my hands on about 10 inch by 26 inch, even a cereal box flattened ) to make a pattern for the spacing of back slats. So the pics are not very interesting except I included one to advertise these plans. Raise you hand you sit too low in an Adirondack Chair, so look at the pic of the leg and front leg and rulers. The seat front is to be almost 15 inches up, thats nearly chair height. But the silver ruler at the low seat point shows a 12 inch height that is more interesting if your hand went up. Many other plans and chairs I have sat in your butt is 9 inches off the ground at the front and lower at the back. Now about those old knees? These chairs sit more like a patio level with the curve seat and not so much drop at the back. Actually I stumbled on this fact after I made chairs 3 and 4. And chair 1 for my father in law I lowered the front an inch to 14.5 inches and never raised it back for any of the others. I am 5ft 5in. so my chairs felt ok, too bad for the rest of the world. My chairs 3 and 4 were in regular pine and after being on a covered deck moved to uncovered decks for the next 13 years. Finally I knew they were wiggling and not worth the fix so I took them apart for firewood. Old bolts. Nasty rusted screws. Who did this? Almost 20 years and still never broke. It made me feel good. Usually I made 2 chairs at a time and it took 5 1×12 to make them, in the old days about $80. I have no idea now on wood as I am using what I have acquired and they will be on my back porch in shade in Arizona, no snow , no wet miserable cannot sit in them mornings, and at my almost 70 we will see how long they last. Watch for more on the build. Thanks. please don’t tell me the pics turned I shot them in landscape.

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#1 posted 05-14-2022 01:19 AM

I will be following your build, I need to make a few for around the fire pit. Might see if I can locate the plans in my “Woodsmith” collection.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 05-14-2022 07:59 PM

love adirondack chairs,ive made about a dozen or more over the years.made on last year for myself,wife hates em,she’s only 4’-10-1/2” so they dont fit her to well.i offered to make a special one to fit her but she declined.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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