Outdoor Dining Chairs

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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-09-2010 09:24 PM 1858 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Needed to replace my deck chairs which were rusting and the paint was getting powdery. I really didn’t want to pay another 30-40 bucks per chair again and have to throw them away in another three years – what a waste!

Took a look at some wooden chairs for sale and drew up some plans. I took a ideas from a bunch of designs and came up with what you see here – sort of an Asian inspired Adirondack Chair I guess. If you have a better description I would love to hear it!

I THOUGHT I would be making a set of five chairs out of redwood, but wanted to make the first test one from PT Pine – way cheaper to make mistakes with. Once I got all the kinks worked out with my mortise and tenons and the correct proportions I was ready to show it off to the wife and start cutting up the redwood. To my surprise she REALLY liked the look and feel of the pine! So…........ I now have a five piece set of chairs for less than $50!

I put a coat of Australian Deck Oil on them and after a year of pretty bad weather they seem brand new!

All joints are held together with mortise and tenon joinery and Tightbond III Glue – I DID use screws on the seat slats and then plugged the holes.

I hope to replace the table this spring – it’ll do for now.

I am curious to hear what others think on these – I may be making a few more sets for a customer and could use all the suggestions I can get.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 01-09-2010 09:44 PM

First let me say that I think you did a great job. These look excellent.

This is timely because my SHIMO has asked me to make a table and chair set for our screen room by spring. The floor of our screen room is ipe and I have already built 2 ipe adirondack chairs for that room. Therefore, I will, almost certainly, build the table and chair set out of ipe. I will also start with some cheaper wood to work the bugs out. Since the end result will be in a hard wood (a VERY hard wood) I prefer to do my prototype in a hardwood also. I’ll probably use oak or sycamore.

I really like your design and I am anxious to see your table design.

The backs of those chairs do not look very comfortable. Maybe I am wrong but I think I would prefer a little curve and for the backs to provide more vertical support.

I can see a little Asian influence. I can’t see much, if any, similarity to an adirondack chair. I particularly like your design for the arms.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 01-10-2010 12:46 AM


Actually, the angle of the chair backs caused me most of my headaches – I finally found a chair at Lowe’s and traced the angle on a piece of paper I had on me. It is really comfortable to sit in – honest!

If I had them to do all over again, however, I WOULD make them maybe two inches wider as some of my more “stout” friends can’t quite stretch out in them if you know what I mean…......


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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