Adirondack Family Bench or Loveseat

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Project by Phil B. posted 01-11-2015 07:29 PM 2460 views 12 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this bench from my Grandpa Chair plan, which is easier to get out of than my regular adult plan. It is 72” long from the edge of the arms, with 59 1/2” seat slats, allowing two adults and two kids to sit together. The image of me sitting with my legs up, shows the actual length. It is designed as a Loveseat as well, by simply deleting the two back slats on each side of the center slat, and reducing the length of all horizontal parts by 12”. It retains the curved back slats on each end.

I tried to keep the integrity of my other design, but not replicate other bench designs that have a space in the middle or inverted slats to fill the cavity. I have designed two different cutout patterns that will come with the plans if you don’t want a plain center slat. The windward pine is typical of our Canadian lake area, done in a Group of Seven style. The other replicates our Inuit Inukshuk design, used for the Vancouver Olympics.

The back incorporates 3 dowels placed back from each other, to hang towels and magazines for easy access. I screwed and plugged most of bench, except for the arm holders, which are pocket screwed from the back side. Since the door to my basement shop is only 32”, I also used pocket screws to attach the complete back as shown, This is the only way it will make it out of the shop, or into my screened porch at the cottage for winter storage.

Nice to get back in the shop….now to write the plans. Should be uploaded in a week or so I hope.

Thanks for looking

P.S….here are some pics of the bench painted white, at the cottage.

-- Phil, DWG files at

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#1 posted 01-11-2015 07:51 PM

Nice ,,, way too nice to put outside ..

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#2 posted 01-11-2015 08:10 PM

Thanks….still have to paint it to match the other 12 chairs at the cottage. It’s just pine Home Depot shelf boards as my prototype. They are out in the weather from May to November, so I don’t spend a lot on wood. If they were made of cedar, I would clear coat them. I still have an original 1950’s chair with a few replacement parts !

-- Phil, DWG files at

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#3 posted 01-11-2015 08:43 PM


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#4 posted 01-11-2015 08:50 PM

Great Job Phil! I’ll get started on the DXF plans as soon as I recover from our 25th anniversary cruise :) I Look forward to building a CAD model of this one!

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#5 posted 01-26-2015 11:08 PM

Wow, nice indeed !

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#6 posted 02-18-2015 06:49 PM

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