Adirondack Chairs

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Project by dpow posted 08-19-2010 05:25 AM 3099 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Around 15 years ago, I made a set of adirondack chairs out of white oak. Very solid, very heavy, and very uncomfortable! The plans came from a magazine I subscribed to at the time. The chairs looked great, but were stiff as a board(pun intended). I kept them for a couple of years then they ended up with my brother in law. I always wanted to try to build another set but never found any plans that i liked up until last summer. I purchased the plans for these chairs online. One big difference between the old design and the new is the curved back which makes them more comfortable. The purchased plans came with prints with full size patterns for tracing onto the wood. I made hardboard templates for use in the future to make more chairs. I also made a few design improvements for more strength and rigidity; basically adding a few extra braces on the back and beneath the arms. Like the first set I made, these are also made of white oak. They should stand up to the weather and won’t blow away like those plastic chairs from Wal-mart! I used Tite-Bond 3 and stainless screws where needed. I wanted to stain them green yet still be able to see the woodgrain. I can’t remember the brand of stain. There is 3 to 4 coats of Minwax Spar Urethane over the stain. Thanks for looking.

-- Doug

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#1 posted 08-19-2010 07:05 AM

could you divulge where you got your plans and which plans they were? I’m looking to build Adk chairs but have not found any decent plans

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#2 posted 08-19-2010 08:28 AM

Always liked these chairs and you did a great job.


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#3 posted 08-19-2010 10:35 AM

Great build! Look comfy. I will be starting mine in 2 weeks after vacation.

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

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#4 posted 08-19-2010 04:11 PM

Great job!!! Design looks good, like the finish.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 08-19-2010 07:07 PM

I to would like to know your plan source.
Great looking chairs !!!!

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#6 posted 08-19-2010 09:31 PM

looks good! if i ever build someone I will never get anything else done ever.

-- Tom Klopfenstein

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#7 posted 08-19-2010 11:15 PM

I purchased the plans for the adirondack chairs from They were titled
“The Fan Back Classic”.

-- Doug

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#8 posted 08-19-2010 11:24 PM

They turned out great good work.


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#9 posted 08-20-2010 05:35 AM

Nice adirondack chairs.

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#10 posted 09-06-2010 03:33 AM

Nice chairs, they look very comfortable. Would look great with a fire hydrant between them. Great workmanship.

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