Grandpa Adirondack Chair

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Project by Phil B. posted 12-20-2014 08:06 PM 5927 views 18 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch


The Grandpa Chair has 21” (53.4 cm) seat slats, 2” (5.1 cm) wider than the regular chair. Grandma is 5’ 2” (157.5 cm), and can touch the ground flat footed. The seat height is regular chair height of 17 1/2” (44.5 cm).
I have extended the height of the original back (chair to the right), so that taller people can rest their head. I have also kept the curved back seat slat , to match the curve of the back slats. This eliminates the “butt-bite”, of the original 1950’s design, caused by the space left between the back slats and the last seat slat.The arms are still 7 1/2” (19cm) wide , but shorter, and will hold a dinner plate or magazine, and comfortably rest your arms with coffee, or otherwise, in hand.

Just picked up the wood to design the love seat and rocking chair from this pattern. The challenge will be to make it different than all the others out there.

-- Phil, DWG files at

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#1 posted 12-20-2014 10:57 PM

Nice looking chairs Phil,good job.


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#2 posted 12-20-2014 11:00 PM

Very nice, did u follow plans or made the adjustments as u went along?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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Phil B.

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#3 posted 12-21-2014 01:23 AM

Thanks Jim. No Ike, I made the plans as I went. I used my regular adult chair as a model, wanting to keep the curved seat and back, but make it regular chair height to allow one to get out without holding on to the ends of the arms. As you can see by the last image, I have some “large” friends, that have always felt my regular chair was too narrow. Some of my customers had widened theirs but not raised them. The key was to design the side panels to get the correct height, yet still allow the pattern to be cut out from a 1×10…...I made a lot of kindling, but finally got it after testing a couple of prototypes with the guys….and ladies. It has become my biggest seller on Etsy.

Here is one of my regular chairs built in 2008 by DavesWoodCraft and the Grandpa by MasterSarjeant in 2013

-- Phil, DWG files at

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#4 posted 12-21-2014 01:27 AM

Ike, by the way, your website link is broken….it just goes to Yahoo


-- Phil, DWG files at

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#5 posted 12-21-2014 03:10 AM

Great adaptation of a classic Adirondack chair! I suppose at some point, all of us are going to need one of these!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 12-21-2014 03:08 PM

Add me to those who don’t like the traditional “low” seating of these chairs!
This one looks GREAT!
Very nice!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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