Adirondack Chairs

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Project by tmiller posted 05-07-2009 10:30 AM 3138 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out as a Jakes chair design but after making changes to every piece I think it is going to have to be titled an Adirondack chair. I made it all from pine and stained it with Olympic Maximum Redwood Naturaltone extior sealer. I am donating this pair of chairs to our church fundrasing auction in a couple days.


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#1 posted 05-07-2009 03:31 PM

This is a really nice chair that should do well at the auction. These are timeless it seems in that they just don’t seem to lose their popularity. You did a nice job on the staining as well.

Nice post.

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#3 posted 05-07-2009 09:28 PM

Very nice job.

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#4 posted 05-08-2009 12:13 AM

Curious how (and why ;) you changed the design? Since this does look very similar to jake’s chair.

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#5 posted 05-08-2009 12:19 AM

Very nice…I am sure they will be a big seller for the auction…

I have built two so far—-but never hear of a “Jakes” chair…what is the difference?

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#6 posted 05-08-2009 01:13 AM

I didn’t do a radical overhaul of the design but did change it in some noticeable ways. I will assume readers of this are familiar with the Jakes chair. If your not, it is easily googled.

Here are some of the changes I made:
-Most notable the back foot/seat piece is made from 2-by stock rather that 1-by. It just didn’t feel strong enough. Another Jakes chair maker gave me the idea. Also this piece is kind of the hallmark piece of the chair because of its shape. After the decision to use 2-by stock I didn’t feel like it needed the ‘hump’ brace for the backrest piece.
-The seat width was shortened. My understanding is that the creator of the Jakes chair was a Big guy and wanted a wider chair. I didn’t feel like it needed to be as wide and it also allowed for more efficient use of standard stock sizes.
-The arm height was decreased and the arm rests were widened. The arm rests felt to high and unnatural.
-I increased the height of the back slats to look more like an Adirondack style chair. Jakes chairs back pieces are a little short and they kind of make the chair look stubby.

Maybe it is unfair to call these a new design but if you compare them to other Adirondack chairs there may be as many similarities as differences. Adirondack chars come in many shapes and sizes so I thought this could be one more for the road.

These are pretty easy to make. A pair could be cut, routed, sanded, and assembled in a long day. If you only lightly sand the critical parts (arm rests and seat slats) you could possibly even get the staining done, let them dry over night and have them ready for the next day. The second one goes together much faster than the first.

Getting the design the way I wanted it took two complete builds and tear downs to use the pieces as templates. When I make a few of these for myself I think I am also going to eliminate the brace under the armrest that attaches to the seat back. I am kind of tired of working on these so I may never get to a set for myself. There is just to many other things out there I am interested in trying to build. My wife lets me spend a lot of time in my shop so I want to honor her request for a headboard.


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#7 posted 05-09-2009 05:36 PM

They sold for $275 last night and the auctioneer actually accidentally cut of the bidding so they might have gone as high as $325 but I am happy at $275.


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#8 posted 05-09-2009 05:43 PM

congrats!!! what a nice fundraiser..and the auction winner got something very special!!!

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#9 posted 05-10-2009 05:11 AM

Very nice job, i like it a lot.

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#10 posted 04-11-2011 06:24 PM

Looks great

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#11 posted 04-23-2012 02:55 PM

one of these days i will make a set too! COOL

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