walnut adirondack chairs

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Project by bent posted 06-15-2009 03:58 AM 2455 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

let me start by saying that i don’t really like adirondack chairs. these were built as a commission. a friend of the family had planned on making them but got overwhelmed and paid me to do it for him. the design is nothing special, but i wanted to post them to show off the wood. i left a small band of sapwood up the center and on the armrests of each of them as a decorative feature. i cut out the backrest using a router and pattern tracing bit around an empty telecom wire spool end that i picked up at work. use what you’ve got handy, right?

before the hate mail starts, i know that walnut is poor material choice for the project. i explained that to the customer, but he still wanted it, and i made him promise they’d never leave his safe, dry porch.

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#1 posted 06-15-2009 04:10 AM

If an adirondock chair can be beautiful I guess walnut is the way to go. Walnut though?.....

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#2 posted 06-15-2009 04:14 AM

nice chairs…good craftsmanship…I love walnut myself…but i would follow-up with the customer to make sure they are under roof use only. some ppl.

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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#3 posted 06-15-2009 04:31 AM

Hello Bent
I like them but yo don’t mention any finish, what did you use…. If it were me I’d use marine spar varnish

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 06-15-2009 06:12 AM

nice job great wood

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#5 posted 06-15-2009 12:50 PM

Beautiful chairs no doubt. Hope you used spar varnish also. Or some other outdoor finish. Some people just don’t know jack.

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

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#6 posted 06-15-2009 02:05 PM

Beautiful chairs, Tell your customer to put a small cushion in them and use them in their living room.

-- John @

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#7 posted 06-15-2009 07:20 PM

hey…these are great…and you warned him on the outdoor use…so looks like a RETURN customer to me!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 06-15-2009 11:34 PM

thanks for the comments guys. they are getting a couple layers of spar varnish before he starts using them.

one thing i forgot to mention. when he saw these chairs, he was so impressed that he wants 2 more next summer…..out of cherry!(not a joke).

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#9 posted 06-15-2009 11:57 PM

These look very comfortable wish I owned some.I might make some in treated pine and paint them for all the time I get out in the garden that would work fine. Saying that we had a barbecue a few days ago and it was very lovely here weather was really hot.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 06-16-2009 02:58 AM

Real nice! I love the choice of wood. I would just keep them spar varnished up real good and they should be ok. Great job..they are beautiful!


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