My First Project

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Project by sethwells posted 04-19-2014 08:09 PM 1942 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been trolling this site for nearly two years with the intention of getting started in woodworking. Well, this year I decided to pursue the woodworking craft instead of playing as much golf. I figured it would keep me around the house more (I have 2 small kids) and I wouldn’t have to be gone for several hours at a time – like in golf. Also, it’s still an activity that me and my son can do together (one of the things I really enjoyed about golf).

Well, I finished my first project! I didn’t start small, either! And I’m proud of how it turned out.

I built this adirondack chair using plans I purchased from Wood Magazine, but I did make a couple of minor changes. Most notably, the addition of the Palmetto Moon (from the SC state flag) on the back of the chair. The 3rd pic is a close up of the rounded nose slat. The 4th pic is a close up of the Palmetto Moon that was done with a scroll saw.

Since I’m just getting started, the chair was built with only a few tools: circular saw, jigsaw, scroll saw, belt sander, orbital sander, cordless drill, and I bought a router just for this. I have no workbench yet, so I fashioned a couple of sawhorses and laid plywood across it for a work surface. I also created an extremely simple router table by simply attaching the router to the underside of a piece of plywood.

I’d like to give special thanks to all of you on this site for TONS of inspiration along with Steve Ramsey, Izzy Swan, Matthias Wandel, Frank Howarth and Jay Bates. I have seen every video that each of them has posted on YouTube and I’ve learned so much.

Hopefully I’ll be back posting something else real soon.

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#1 posted 04-19-2014 08:43 PM

Nice design work.
I like the addition of the color. Nice change of pace…...............

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 04-19-2014 08:50 PM

I never would have guessed it was your first project. You got to use a few skills on this, with the curves and scrolling so it looks like you’re having some fun.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#3 posted 04-20-2014 12:29 AM

Very nicely done, love the detail

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 04-20-2014 02:39 AM

Glad you finally decided to “jump in” and a very nice project to start with. Wonderful detail and I like the color.
Good work. Looking forward to many more…

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#5 posted 04-20-2014 02:40 AM

Did you place those footprints in front of the chair for “effect”? LOL!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 04-20-2014 02:45 AM

One of the nicest looking Adirondack style chairs I’ve seen. Love how you combined paint and stain.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#7 posted 04-20-2014 03:23 AM

Thank you all for such kind words!

There are a few comments about the color, so I thought I’d clarify that the blue is a solid color outdoor stain. Olympic Maximum, to be precise. It turns out that the color selections for stains are not nearly as inclusive as they are for paints. So this is actually not the blue color that I originally wanted (was hoping for something closer to the SC state flag color), but I really like the way that it turned out.

@hotncold, no… the prints aren’t for effect. It was raining and they’re from when I moved the chair. Wish I would’ve thought of that, though.

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#8 posted 04-20-2014 03:42 AM

Very nice! I never would have guessed it is your first.

-- Flint Hills, Kansas

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#9 posted 04-20-2014 05:25 AM

Awesome job, for your first project you did a great job. I love the Carolina emblem on the chair. I was born and raised and work in Columbia, I know live in Elgin. One day I will make a couple of those chairs. Keep up the good work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#10 posted 04-20-2014 06:29 AM

Very nice job! Love the design, color scheme, and the scroll work. The only thing I think would improve it is if you plugged the screw holes so that the screw heads are not visible. Keep up the good work!

-- Spudhogg Woodworks

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#11 posted 04-20-2014 06:33 AM

Nice job! The blue really highlights the clean pine, makes for a really nice look. I look forward to seeing many more of your projects. Who needs golf anyway? :)

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#12 posted 04-20-2014 12:38 PM

Really nice start. I built that same chair last year.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#13 posted 04-20-2014 08:41 PM

I always keep threatening to build one of these. Maybe this is the inspiration I need. Really nice job. Like the poly and stain combo. Dang good job with the limited tools. I might have to steal the scroll work idea.

-- Rick

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#14 posted 04-27-2014 11:45 PM

Nicely done. I like it a lot and I agree with a previous comment – would have never guessed it was your first project. :)

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#15 posted 05-03-2014 11:51 AM

Home run….on your first at bat! You’re gonna fit right in with the rest of us sawdust fiends. Like the palmetto tree. Im not from sc ….but ive been here for 20 years now…so I guess I am. Great job on your first project.

-- "The difficult I can do right away. .....the impossible will take a little longer! "

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