"adirondack chair making" #2: the seventeen and one half Adirondack chair

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Blog entry by paperclip posted 01-07-2017 03:48 PM 610 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Derek Skapars
Adirondack Chair
This “Backyard Classic” Adirondack chair was designed in 1901. Now it is 2017 and just as popular as ever. The Adirondack style chair plans I used as a guide called for a 25 degree recline. I was challenged to modify the dimensions for ultimate comfort. After some trial and error, I found 17 ½ degrees was perfect. This positioning of the seat back allows the person to eat, drink, or read a book. The dimensions for the chair’s height from ground to top of the center back-slat is 38 inches. The width of the seat from the inside is 22 ½ and from the outside the total width of the chair is 32 inches. The materials used for this project were: Arkansas Pine boards milled to ¾ inches thick, 1 ¼ inch exterior grade screws, 3/8 inch dowel, 3 inch outdoor exterior grade screws, and titebond III exterior grade carpenter’s yellow glue. Putting the seat bottom together involved rough cutting 14 seat slats from the pine boards. I ripped 7 of them on the table-saw to 1 ½ inches. Then I proceeded to use the chop-saw to get each seat slat to 19 ½ inches. All I did was set up a stop block to one end making sure they were all cut to the same size. Using the September 1988 weekend woodworking projects magazine plans was tricky. I had to transfer the patterns for the arms, legs, etc. from the 8 ½ X 11 inch magazine page to a poster board. Each square in the magazine represented 1 inch. So it wasn’t too bad to transfer the design to full size. Knowing that I would make more Adirondack chairs in the future, I took the actual size patterns from the poster board and transferred them onto a ¼ ply wood. This ply wood was carefully cut using the bansaw.

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#2 posted 01-07-2017 05:53 PM

I made several of these this summer. None were exactly like the previous one because I kept making improvements. It is about 20 degree outside now so I will not be working on any more of these soon. However, I have saved the information presented to compare to my work this spring. You should post a couple of pictures.

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