Adirondack Chair

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Project by Dale posted 07-06-2007 07:36 PM 4444 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this adirondack chair for my dad for Fathers Day. I followed the design of Norm Abrams (NYW). I changed the seat slats to 1” and also curved the front down as my dad told me that he remembered his father making some like that when he was a kid. He loved the chair, and with the curved back and smaller seat slats, it is real comfortable.

-- Dale, Pittsburgh PA -

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#1 posted 07-06-2007 07:43 PM

Wonderful looking chair.

-- Gary, Florida

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#2 posted 07-06-2007 07:47 PM

Excellent Chair. I’ve got a couple to make myself. Going to use redwood and the woodcraft plans. How did you finish yours?

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

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#3 posted 07-06-2007 07:47 PM

Where’s the lemonade? Looks like a great place to relax.

-- Bob

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#4 posted 07-06-2007 09:28 PM

I made a chair similar to this. It was from a pattern out of a Better Homes and Gardens Wood magazine that went out of business many years ago. This pattern uses 1” slats, and the curved front. From what I understand that is the “traditional way”. My wife was pleased with the layout too. I used cypress and finished with a coat of sanding sealer and water based clear polyurethane.

Nice chair Dale.

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

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#5 posted 07-06-2007 10:09 PM

just what Dad remembered. Extra special!
Beautiful chair

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

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#6 posted 07-07-2007 01:00 AM

very cool chair…i like the modifications…i got the plans for Wood craft too…soon…need to buy the wood…soon…nice job…did you make more than one?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 07-07-2007 01:52 AM

Nothing like getting a beautful custom made chair for Father’s Day. Great job.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 07-07-2007 05:53 AM

Very, very nice. I just completed my first Jakes Chair w/ stool today. They DO ‘sit well’, don’t they?

-- (pens & bowls, mostly)

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#9 posted 07-07-2007 03:59 PM

To do list: make adirondack chair, very nice looks very comfy. I wish my dad was still here so I could make him proud of me. you’re lucky, stay close to him, they are not with us forever. (tearing up) jockmike

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

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#10 posted 07-07-2007 05:34 PM

I love these chairs. I should make 6 of them. Nice job.

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

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

Great chair! Lucky dad! I’m curious about the finish too. I’ve got a couple to build on my shortlist.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#12 posted 07-07-2007 06:35 PM

Thanks. I made a total of 4 chairs, each one getting better and this one was my last and best one.
I used a Minwax stain and 2 coats of Helmsman Spar Varnish.

-- Dale, Pittsburgh PA -

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#13 posted 07-11-2007 05:12 AM

Good to know. Thanks for the info on the finish. I hope to get to mine real soon. Maybe this weekend.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#14 posted 07-19-2007 05:42 AM

Great – I’m going to make some of them!

-- Claire

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#15 posted 07-19-2007 06:42 PM

Great job Dale. Now that is an Adirondack Chair! Your Dad will treasure it for many years to come.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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