Monterey Cypress Adirondack Chairs

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Project by TreeBones posted 06-09-2007 11:58 PM 5027 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these a couple years ago from a tree my wife’s Grandmother planted over one hundred years ago. It was over four feet in diameter at the trunk and had to be taken down because it was leaning towards the Church across the street. It had some nice fiddle back figure throughout it and I made some neat jewelry boxes for all the family. The exterior finish I used on the chairs has been pealing off and I want to refinish them and could use a recommendation on a good product that will last a little longer than the previous one. This Cypress has some great color and I want to try and keep them looking nice.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#1 posted 06-10-2007 12:22 AM

I’ve left cypress natural and let it age. It has internal oils that protects the wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 06-10-2007 01:08 AM

I agree with Karson. Let it age naturally – that’s the beauty of Cypress.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 06-10-2007 01:14 AM

I’ve read that, but have no personal experience with, you should just leave cypress au naturel!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 06-10-2007 01:43 AM

what a wonderful story behind the wood. Sure makes it special.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 06-10-2007 03:29 AM

Great Chairs.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 06-10-2007 03:50 AM

Love the textture, I want to get the plans if you know where they are available let me know. Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 06-10-2007 04:36 AM

Nice looking wood, and great design.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 06-10-2007 09:39 AM

They are nice looking. I can appreciate you wanting to preserve the look.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 06-10-2007 08:11 PM

What a great story behind these chairs – Truely a treasure for generations!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#10 posted 06-11-2007 03:40 PM

I just finished an Andirondack chair in cypress. The coloring makes this chair stand out. I also was in dilema on how to finish it. I thought about not finishing it but I didn’t cruise the Lumberjock website until this morning. Too late. I put a sanding sealer coat on the chair and I will finish with a polyurethane. The coloring is still there though.

I made my chair from a Weekend Woodworking Projects magazine subscription that my wife bought me about 20 years ago. The magazine has been out of business a long time. I have kept the plans and now I made the chair. It was always a woodworking goal of mine to make this chair for my wife. Yes, my wife waits a long time for me to finsih some of my projects.

It was a fun project and had some challenges for me. I definetly need to work on my two sided bevel cuts and do a better job estimating board lengths. Thank goodness Rockler’s 50% off sale was still on for the second trip (head down in shame). At full price, 8$/bd ft. Schnikees!

-- WaywardHoosier - Behind schedule and over budget, but who's counting? Well of course she is!

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#11 posted 06-11-2007 05:36 PM

A nice set of chairs Ron. Did you use a woodspar varnish? Even if you do use an exterior varnish, you will have to redo it from time to time. Being out in the sun and elements will destroy anything. Just think, if the elements can carve a mountain, how can a chair hold up?

Let us know what you do.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#12 posted 06-11-2007 07:31 PM

Hey Bill, what kind of varnish was that?

-- John

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