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Project by Craig posted 07-05-2009 10:27 PM 2837 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, this is my favorite project I have made so far. We have a fire pit area in our back yard where we have had plastic Adirondack chairs for years. Well, these plastic chairs are now finally starting to break down. So, instead of buying more plastic ones, I decided I would start to make some out of Pressure Treated wood to replace them.

I had seen a lot of the chairs on this website, and seen a lot of the plans online, but decided I would go about this and create my own design. I tried to mimic one of the plastic chairs we had, and in the end I think my chair is now more comfortable then the one I modeled it after.

As you can see I have now made two of these chairs. The first one (the one on the left in the picture) was made with left over scrap wood I had from repairing our deck (with the exception of the seat and back boards). The seat support boards on both of the chairs are created with 2×6’s with a stencil I made from the plastic chair, to get the seat curvature correct. The arm, and back supports are made with 2×4’s, and the arm rests of 2×6’s. Both Chairs are held together by 2 1/2” deck screws.

The slats on the first chair were made of 1×3’s, but I found getting PT 1×3’s nearly impossible. So the second chair, I changed up my stencil for the bottom a little to utilize 1×2’s instead of the 1×3’s. The back was also switched to a combination of 1×4’s and 1×2’s. Other changes included pre drilling and setting all of the holes in the seat and back slats (so they would not crack). The second chair is also an inch wider then the first chair.

These chairs take me about 4 hours to complete with just a jig saw, chop saw, drill, and an orbital sander.

I’m going to try and make the next chair reclinable, and then follow up with an Adirondack Bench, and some side tables to match.

By the way, these things are beefy…I think they weigh about 60 lbs a piece!

-- Wood working is my relaxation, until nothing fits or works out right...Then it's just like work!





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#1 posted 07-06-2009 12:57 AM

Hey Craig
Nice design well done

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#2 posted 07-06-2009 01:45 AM

Well done. They sure look comfy.

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#3 posted 07-06-2009 02:49 AM

Nice design and build.

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#4 posted 07-06-2009 03:11 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 07-06-2009 04:16 AM

Beefy!!!

The only problem is that you made them with wood that won’t rot for 40 years. You will never have to make another set.

I guess as a woodworker that would be a bummer. I find a project that is fun to make and I enjoy making lots of them.

Good job. They do look comfortable. Thanks for the post.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#6 posted 07-06-2009 03:47 PM

Thanks for the comments! Yeah, my goal was to make something that would last, with out maintenance. And while I won’t be making many more for my self, I already have friends requesting some!!!

-- Wood working is my relaxation, until nothing fits or works out right...Then it's just like work!

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#7 posted 07-07-2009 01:59 PM

Oh, yeah!!! This seems to be Adirondack season. I have 6 chairs on order now. I make mine out of bald cypress. We, in the Old South, can get cypress fairly easily and inexpensively. It smells so good when you plane it.

I use a modified version of the NYW plan. I have a pair posted as one of my projects.

Best of luck with your project.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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