Adirondack - Reclinable

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Project by Craig posted 07-10-2009 04:46 AM 2880 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So when I made my first Adirondack I realized that I might be able to make it reclinable in a manner similar to a beach chair. It turned out my idea worked.

I built this chair similar to the last one. I started with attaching the seat bottom legs to the front legs with 4 deck screws. Then I connected the two legs with what I call the leg spreaders, and followed with the seat slats. At that point the bottom is totally together. I then screwed the seat back together with the curved seat back supports / spreaders. The completed seat back (minus the slats) was then dropped around the bottom and clamped in place at the proper angle for the back. Next I drilled and placed the two bottom bolts attaching the seat back to the bottom. Once these bolts were in place, I clamped the first armrest to the back support and drilled out and placed this bolt. Once I had this bolt in place, I then clamped the arm support to the front leg. With the arm support clamped in place I then drilled the bolt hole through the front leg and through the arm rest. After this hole was drilled I moved the chair to the next position and drilled the second hole, then a third, and forth hole in the arm support. I then matched the other arm support ending up with 4 holes in each arm support. I then removed the arm supports, cut the teeth, and put the entire chair back together, finishing off with the back slats and arm rests.

This one took a little longer to fabricate…Mainly trying to work with a bunch of moving parts really slowed me down.

The chair is a really a simple concept, but I’m a little worried that as the PT wood dries, that I might get cracking where I cut the “teeth” in the arm supports. I spaced the bolt slots 2” apart, so I’m hoping there is enough “meat” there to keep the wood from cracking. Only time will tell.

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

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#1 posted 07-10-2009 06:01 AM

Hey Craig
This is really neat design well done


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#2 posted 07-10-2009 07:45 AM

Very nice. I hope you don;t mind if I copy you’re ideea.

-- Marian Neagu - Targoviste, Romania

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#3 posted 07-10-2009 02:21 PM

Nice, I love these chairs. They are on the long list of projects.

-- Hey, It will always make good firewood!!

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#4 posted 07-10-2009 02:52 PM

Hey Craig,
Your idea is great and the design is cool…..well done.

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#5 posted 07-10-2009 03:11 PM

Nice job Craig, nice design, I like the idea of a reclinable chair. Good work. Looks comfy.

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

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#6 posted 07-10-2009 04:54 PM

Yeah, the first 3 positions are really comfortable, the one where it goes all the way back is okay, but with the curved seat bottom, it feels a little awkward. Just room for improvement, I guess!

And for those of you wondering what my shop looks like. Your looking at it in these picks (minus my out door plastic table work tables)!!! The pool is about to go away though (the filter ended up with a big crack in it this past week…plus we never use it).

And yes, the cinder block seats will eventually be replaced with “real benches”. I promise.

And, if you want to copy it, go ahead. It’s kinda flattering to me.

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

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