adirondack chair

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Project by ajb posted 07-27-2010 09:23 AM 2422 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chair was made from plans in WOOD Magazine outdoor furniture special. I did not order their plans but used the article. It is made with pine, because that is what i had around. The bottom is painted and the top will be a clear deck seal. If i make another with these plans I think I will change some of the dimensions. It is abit low and a little too narrow but its all a process anyway.
i did learn some new skills with this build, the challenging ones were the radius cuts on the tops and the curve on the arm rest were challenges. Two down a million more things to learn.

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#1 posted 07-27-2010 02:33 PM

I personaly really like the contrasting colors on this chair. Be sure to seal it up well. I have had some bad experiences with pine outdoors. I haven’t had much luck. Hopefully yours holds up better than my experiences did….lol

Going back to the color combination I can’t help but wonder what cedar and cypress would do on a project like this. My wife wants a set for our back patio….. I think you may have inspired me….lol

Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 07-27-2010 06:15 PM

Dan is correct. Use a good sealer. A lot of folks use poly, but that rarely works well for very long. I use deck stain/sealer. It works wonders on this type of outdoor furniture. And, in a few years, just spray/paint a new coat on just like a deck. Our favorite color is a very (almost blackish) dark green, that blends in really well with the outdoors. I love this stuff on outdoor furniture. Made lots of chairs and tables, hexagon picnic tables for family, etc with really great success.

And I agree that Adirondack are too low, at least for me. I once stumbled upon a website or plans that had a higher seat but can’t find it again.

Nice job on your project.

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#3 posted 07-27-2010 11:56 PM

I think the pine with a good sealer, here in this dry climate that i live in will do o.k. it is going on a front porch that will get very little rain I am more afraid of what the sun will do to these.

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#4 posted 07-28-2010 01:24 AM

I think this is a nice looking chair. The light colored pine against the dark paint really adds class to the piece. Good job.

Maveric777>> The cypress & cedar combo look great together. Working on a swing using the two together. I will post the results as soon as it is complete.

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