Cypress Adirondack Chair

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Project by CCWoodcrafts posted 04-03-2010 04:03 PM 2575 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from rough sawn 4×4 cypress to get the strength I wanted. Took about a week to make these from getting the lumber to finished project. Lots of planing and cutting. This cypress is so much better than other exterior wood I can’t believe I haven’t used it more before. Makes cedar seem like bamboo. It is much stronger, more stable and doesn’t chip and splinter like cedar. Modified design so it does not sit as low as the traditional Adirondack chair. Much more comfortable and easier to get in and out of!

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#1 posted 04-03-2010 05:04 PM

Nice design and looks really sturdy & strong build – beautifully done.
What finish you’re going to use?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 04-03-2010 05:30 PM

Looks comfy Jim. I’ll have to keep cypress in mind if I can ever get around to making some Adirondack chairs.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#3 posted 04-03-2010 06:20 PM

Looks great , Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 04-04-2010 01:23 AM

Jim, it looks like you went with a flatback version how do you find them to sit in? I love the higher seat as we get older that getting out the sand feeling is for the younger crowd. Thanks for any input, Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#5 posted 04-04-2010 01:39 PM

I can’t seem to respond to individual comments so I’ll just post here to answer questions. The plans are on the web under free adirondack chair plans. They’re old family handyman plans. Not terribly good but I modified them anyway. The overall size and angles are about the same though. I wanted to try them because they don’t have the extreme depth (both depth, as in fitting on a porch and depth as far as sitting down ten inches above the ground) or angle of most classic plans and didn’t require special hardware. Makes them harder to put together but much easier to get in or out. I didn’t use a curved back and they are very comfortable. Sometimes those angles, especially with larger pieces of wood, hit you wrong on the shoulder blades The seats are curved. I am not finishing them and will let them weather a year to see what happens. From what I read linseed oil is ok and any clear wood preservative. The wood will get a bit redder and more brown. When you sand it it turns almost white but that will revert back to darker color. There is a decent free minwax plan out there and one other that escapes me at the moment but again, very low to the ground.

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#6 posted 04-04-2010 04:22 PM

Thanks for the info!

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#7 posted 04-18-2010 02:02 PM

Jim, thanks for the additional info much appreciated. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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