Simple Adirondack Chairs - First Project

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Built these chairs last April. My wife found some basic plans online that I modified. Just joined this website and figured I would put this up. This is really the only woodworking project I have completed. Built two of these, both with just a cordless drill and a circular saw. Rounded the backs with a garbage can lid :-). I got a Bosch jig saw last Christmas and can’t wait to use it, although I would have loved to have it for these chairs to incorporate some flair into the legs and arm rests. Oh, and they’re just built with pine purchased from Lowes.

I’m just getting into woodworking slowly and would love to hear any advice or suggestions. I’ve poked around this site and can see that there are definitely some artisans I can learn from.

I’m going to be starting a new project soon. It will be a jewelry box. The plans are from and come from Woodsmith No. 112. Can’t wait to get started!

-- Jack †

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#1 posted 04-07-2010 08:36 PM

Looks great! Building a couple of these have been on my to do list for quite sometime. If you are just getting started, a couple of tools that will increase your quality and craftsmanship ten fold are a router, hand plane, and a table saw. You will be surprised with the difference. Thanks for sharing and welcome to the addiction.

-- Jerod, Austin

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#2 posted 04-07-2010 09:49 PM

Thanks for information. On the subject of routers, what tends to come in handy more often a hand-held router or stationary table router?

What sizes of hand-planes do you recommend starting with?

Thanks again,

-- Jack †

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#3 posted 04-08-2010 04:00 AM

Well, I am definitely not an expert like some of the guys on this site but I’ll try to help you the best I can. If you only can afford one router, I would get one that comes with a table and is easy to detach. Therefore, you get the best of both worlds. Also, make sure the router accepts 1/2” shank bits. Some of the less expensive routers are 1/4”. Most router bits come in 1/2” and that was a mistake I learned the hard way. On the subject of hand planes, it varies person to person. If you were only to have a couple of planes, I would suggest a #5 Jack plane for the grunt work and a block plane for the finish. You can find some pretty good deals on old Stanley planes on E bay. The old Stanleys seem to be the most favored and the older they are, generally the better. I suggest you look up info on buying, tuning, and using hand planes because as simple as they seem, they are not. It took me a couple of months to get it down and will take years more for me to master. After you own one though, you will ask yourself “how did I live without one?” Hope that helped.

-- Jerod, Austin

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#4 posted 04-08-2010 10:30 AM

A men on planes, took me forever to tune and understand these must have planes. Nice work and welcome!

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

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#5 posted 04-08-2010 02:44 PM

Awesome. This is all good stuff.


-- Jack †

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#6 posted 04-16-2010 08:25 PM

Must have tool # 1 Pencil Sharpener

Must have tool # 2 Safety glasses

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#7 posted 04-23-2010 12:11 AM

Nice job on the chair Jack!

As for routers, I’m going to disagree slightly – but that’s because whether you need a 1/2” or 1/4” shaft router depends on what you’re going to do with it. 80-90% of everything I use my router for is round-over or straight slot cutting, and for that the 1/4” shaft one works just fine. I do agree on having a table – but I have a cutout in my radial arm saw table that takes the small Craftsman router table flush and gives me a larger support area.

If you’re planning on using different decorative router cuts, or raised panels and such, then 1/2” is the way to go because of both the greater variety and higher horsepower that those units usually offer.

I will confess to being a tool snob where I feel the quality of the tool makes for a better end-product, or significantly improves the working process, but not just to be spending money.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#8 posted 04-24-2010 09:03 PM

Nice first project. Well done

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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