First project--Adirondack chairs

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Project by cpernisi posted 05-29-2009 04:06 AM 15411 views 31 times favorited 52 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is where i got the woodworking bug. I didn’t know a planner from a router, but i went to the wood shop at Hill AFB armed with a Better Homes and Gardens plan book and a little bit of hope. Overall, I’m pleased with the finished product.

-- Craig

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#1 posted 05-29-2009 04:13 AM

Overall you’re pleased? These are freakin’ gorgeous! What kind of wood is that?

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

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#2 posted 05-29-2009 04:22 AM

Thank you! It’s actually Popular. I found out later, that popular isn’t exactly an outdoor wood. They’re holding up well outside. Looking back, I should have used Cypress. Rookie mistakes. Besides cypress, is there another wood to use for outdoor projects?

-- Craig

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#3 posted 05-29-2009 04:22 AM

Man I feel relaxed just looking at these let alone sitting in one.
Great job and as what Charlie said. What type of wood?
Very nice

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#4 posted 05-29-2009 04:24 AM

I agree with Charlie, I hope my first project comes out anywhere near that nice!! Well Done!! Oh, and what issue were those plans in? Those are some nice looking chairs.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#5 posted 05-29-2009 04:28 AM

very nice. just keep them slathered in spar finish. teak, redwood and cedar are good outdoor woods. teak is $$$. but you can get away without a finish. personally i like popular. worked well for you i see.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#6 posted 05-29-2009 04:29 AM

Thanks Jeff. I used popular.

-- Craig

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#7 posted 05-29-2009 04:31 AM

ralmand is my father-in-law and he has the plan book. I’ll check with him and get back with you sikrap.

-- Craig

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#8 posted 05-29-2009 04:33 AM

spar finish… thanks David, I’ll have to give that a try. I just used a stain and some outdoor poly. It’s already flaking off. But they’re getting a cool rustic look now.

-- Craig

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#9 posted 05-29-2009 04:50 AM

They look real comfortable! Great job on the finish though, popular is sometimes very hard to finish. Well, in my case. :p

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#10 posted 05-29-2009 04:50 AM

Very, Very nice. Great for a first project.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#11 posted 05-29-2009 04:53 AM

white oak is another option for an outdoor wood.
great looking chairs, especially for a first project!

can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

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#12 posted 05-29-2009 05:02 AM

wow poplar that stained very evenly and lovely. Nice work man. Im not a fan of adarondack chairs but yours look very nice. I am now starting the dock chair that is in the new issue of Popular Woodworking or is that poplar woodworking(J/K). Sorry to be an ass!

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#13 posted 05-29-2009 06:12 AM

I’m thinking about starting to call B.S. on some of these “first projects”

Not necessarily because I don’t believe it, but because I should just quit right now if people are building things this nice as novices. Beautiful chairs, man. LOL about “popular” wood.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#14 posted 05-29-2009 06:16 AM

These are really nice chairs well done.


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#15 posted 05-29-2009 06:22 AM

Those are great looking chairs. I love the natural finish on them. Thanks for showing your work and keep it up!

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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