Adirondak Chairs

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Project by cockroach posted 08-04-2009 06:02 PM 1613 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few of the Adirondak chairs I built for a Christmas present last year. I got the basic plans from Woodcraft, then tweeked them a bit.

The wood is your basic knotty whiteboard from Lowes, then I added 1 coat of stain and a few coats of Thompson’s water seal. Since they are located in a pretty wet region of the state, I would expect that they are going to need to add an additional coat of water seal on a regular basis.

The chairs ended up being very comfortable and durable. I’ve recently scaled them down and made child-sized versions that I will post soon.

Does anyone have suggestions for how to seal the child-sized chairs if I want to keep the natural wood color? What would be a good seal for this soft wood in outdoor conditions? Any feedback would be appreciated.

Thanks for checking them out.

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#1 posted 08-04-2009 06:43 PM

Very Nice. I am building a set from the same plans…without modification. No advice on sealing…sorry.

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#2 posted 08-06-2009 12:42 AM

Those are very nice chairs, I know it made a good Christmas Present. Keep up the good works and keep those picture coming.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#3 posted 08-06-2009 04:57 AM

very nice Adirondak chair.

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#4 posted 08-07-2009 08:27 PM

Nice chairs, I made some out of cypress and sealed them with minwax clear shield. They have been outside for a couple of years by the pool always getting wet and in direct sun, in the winter I put them under the patio cover. Finish has started pealing and cracking, I sanded them down this spring and had some bartop expoxy coat, I thinned and brushed on which filled all the cracks in the arms but it was hard to keep smooth and has some sagging, epoxy is self leveling so it didn’t do so well on the vertical parts, but it seems to be holding up well. I didnt want to refinish each year so hopefully it will last a few years. I will probably try some marine varnish next time. Had good luck with clear shield on out door projects when not in constant sun light. Texas sun is brutal. Good luck.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#5 posted 08-08-2009 08:03 AM

Very nice. I ‘m just finishing up one this weekend from the same plans. Mine is made out of teak and I think I’m going to use wenge for the plugs.

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