Adirondack Bench

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Project by Craig posted 07-26-2009 11:26 PM 12020 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you have followed my other projects you would know that I am slowly replacing a bunch of plastic chairs around our fire pit area in our back yard with my own designed Adirondacks. My latest being this Adirondack Bench.

It is made of all pressure treated lumber. The seat bottom supports are 2”x6”s, the seat bottom slats are 1”x2”s, and the back slats are 1”x4’s. The arm tops are 2”x6”s and the rest of the support frame is composed of 2”x4”s.

The seat area is 5’ wide from inside of each arm rest. Overall it is probably about 6’ long. It will comfortably seat three.

This bench nicely compliments the other Adirondacks I had made previously.

And oh yeah, you can see my wife relaxing on it around the fire pit. I will try to get a night picture when the fire pit is lit in the near future.

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

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#1 posted 07-27-2009 12:24 AM

Very nice. Good job. They really look comfortable.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 07-27-2009 05:19 AM

very cool bench looks great


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#3 posted 07-27-2009 07:34 PM

Great set! Let me know if you get overstocked. Are they hard to make. good luk in the contest

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#4 posted 07-27-2009 11:49 PM

A really nice design, & it looks very comfortable. Good Luck in the contest.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 07-28-2009 04:53 PM

Im a college student looking to build a bench like this. Sadly i don’t know where to start. Do you have any suggestions or maybe plans for this bench? I’m a big guy so a bench like this looks nice. I have looked at sites that charge you for plans and others that are free but i cant seem to find anything that looks good or looks big enough.I would want it to be a two and a half seater, if that makes sense. So really just a little less wide than yours.

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#6 posted 07-28-2009 08:39 PM

I would offer you plans if I had them. I like to create my own simple designs that I can make with my limited tool selection (two drills, chop saw, skil saw, jig saw, orbital sander, clamps, tape measure, and square). I can tell you that I used one of the old plastic adirondack chairs (seen around the fire pit) to create a poster board template of the seat bottom, and to get the back angle correct. I created one of the adirondack chairs first, and then moved up to the bench. For all of the curves i created poster board templates, so that I could recreate the look. Once you have the templates its all about math. You have to figure out how many slats will fill in the seating area (including the proper spacing between the slats)...

I hope that helped a little…Also, check out my “reclinable adirondack” for a more detailed description of how I went about building it. The only difference between it and my “non movable” adirondacks is that I use deck screws to hold the non movable chairs together in lieu of the carriage bolts.

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

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#7 posted 07-28-2009 08:41 PM

As for the “overstock”, I have to build at least 4 more to replace the remaining plastic chairs around the fire pit…Mom has also requested, go figure, a “garden bench” for her front yard. I just wont have time to finish that one for the contest…Oh well, at least she’ll get a good use out of it!

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

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#9 posted 02-11-2010 09:04 PM

A really good simple design. How is it finished? Is it Pine? I’ve always meant to build an Adirondack (we don’t have them in Europe) Maybe I’ll try this bench. Isn’t picture 4 a little uncomfortable? lol

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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