Adirondack Chairs

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Project by Thepps posted 06-11-2009 03:42 PM 7868 views 36 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished building these two chairs just in time for my wife’s birthday. She was pretty excited as they replace a cheap, broken, plastic adirondack chair. We can finally enjoy our back deck a little more.

They are constructed entirely out of Jatoba, which if I might add, is a beautiful wood. This was the first time I used it and I am very happy with it’s outcome. It is a very hard wood, but not too much more difficult to work with than hard maple. I found a picture of these chairs online, and I built these as duplicates. They fold up for easy storage inside in the winter as we get a lot of snow in Michigan.

I finished it with 6 coats of teak oil. The oil really brought out the color and livened it up. I’ll probably wipe on a new coat or two every year to keep the color.

I’m curious to see how much darker they will become from sitting in the sun in the next few months.

Update – March 2012
It’s been about 3 years since I’ve built these. Still look great. Hardly any cracking. I absolutely love this wood. But, for the past year and a half, they have sat in a covered, screened in porch. So the elements have not had much of a chance to take effect in that time. I have also not oiled them ever since I placed them in the porch. They are in need of some teak oil. They will look brand new after that.

Thanks for looking

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#1 posted 06-11-2009 03:49 PM

I really like the finish, you did a great job on these!

-- Bill, Florida

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#2 posted 06-11-2009 03:54 PM

The picture with it folded looks like it is bowing to your skill as a woodworker. May I just say it did the right thing. Beautiful!

-- jstegall

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#3 posted 06-11-2009 03:58 PM

super job I bet they will last a long time,Well done


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#4 posted 06-11-2009 04:04 PM

Ha, that’s pretty funny John. It does kind of look like it’s bowing down.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#5 posted 06-11-2009 04:11 PM

Great job! I’m currently building some Adirondack chairs myself and hope they turn out 1/2 as good. Sure wish I had seen the plans for those before I started.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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#6 posted 06-11-2009 04:35 PM

YES YES YES Just what I have been looking for! You Did a great job! They are beautiful!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 06-11-2009 05:05 PM

Wonderful looking chairs. And very timley I might add. Since I too am in the middle of constructing some Adirondack chairs. Mine are being built out of hickory, then probally stained/painted.
I really like yours out of the Jatoba.

Thanks for posting

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#8 posted 06-11-2009 06:05 PM

Beautiful chairs and workmanship. I can see why your wife is so happy with them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 06-11-2009 08:00 PM

Really nice!!! Comfortable I’ll bet…. Very curious about how your finish holds up and wood may darken. Please do a follow up. Would be nice to find out. Whens the matching table gonna be finished?

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#10 posted 06-11-2009 08:02 PM

Abso-freakin-lutely nice! Best Ad. chairs i’ve seen to date. That they fold is a bonus.
Favorited for future ref.
Thanks a mil for sharing w us!

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#11 posted 06-11-2009 08:42 PM

Great looking chairs. Nice work and nice looking wood also.

Thanks for posting.

-- Hope Never fails

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#12 posted 06-11-2009 09:16 PM

Best looking Adirondack chairs I have seen and I especially like the fold for storage feature.

The teak oil finish will probably need a cleaning with oxalic acid every couple of years to brighten up the wood. That is what they do to teak on fancy boats. Because boats are out in the weather all year the teak is scrubbed annually with “teak cleaner” and oxalic acid, rinsed and then re-oiled. You can get the cleaner at any boat chandlery.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#13 posted 06-11-2009 09:23 PM

That’s a great looking job.

Would you share your plans?

-- Steve B - New Life Home Improvement

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#14 posted 06-11-2009 10:22 PM

These are absolutely stunning!

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

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#15 posted 06-11-2009 11:00 PM

Fantastic job! I agree about the wood… rich and beautiful. They look quite comfortable, too!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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