Folding Adirondack Chairs.

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Project by Green_Hornut posted 07-09-2019 01:44 AM 2338 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having moved we now have two decks, one in the front and one in the back of the house so I was ordered to create another set of chairs for the back of the house. I elected to go with folding Adirondack chairs because I wanted to be able to move them out of the weather and store in the winter. After looking at a number of chair designs I chose the design from The Barley Harvest. They have some nice plans that are pretty easy to follow. And they give you full size plans that I mounted on 1/8” hardboard and made templates to trace. They also have a number of matching pieces like foot rests and a table. I liked the curved backs on these chairs. Flat ones get uncomfortable rather quickly. Also the nice addition of making UHMW plastic washers between the moving parts and using plastic tubing in the holes of the pivots so the holes don’t wear out and the chair becomes loose. You sit pretty deep into this chair but once in it is very comfortable. Nice wide arms to hold a sparkling malt beverage. Pretty sturdy but if I were to use on the lawn or sand beach I would probably drill a hole in the back support and back part of the leg and put a carriage bolt with a wing nut to hold in place. Easy enough to fold up and unfold. Just grab the top of the back and push forward. The whole thing lays flat. To unfold just the opposite, while laying on the ground grab the top of the back and pull back. Make sure the back support is all the way to the rear and it’s as sturdy as any other chair.

All pieces are western red cedar. The pieces are glued with gorilla glue non foaming clear and screwed with coated deck screws. I also bored and plugged all the holes for a better look. Used my CNC to put our name on the front so they will be a bit less likely to walk away some night and a message on the inside for the next owner. Kind of like a software Easter egg. Finished off with 3 coats of BLO.

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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#1 posted 07-09-2019 04:56 AM

They look inviting. I like that wide arm/table. The fact they store to get out of the weather is a winner.

Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 07-09-2019 06:18 AM

They look great!
Fine Job.

I personally can not sit in low chairs, (arthritis)-But they do look fantastic!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 07-09-2019 01:09 PM

Who knew? I had no idea there was a folding version. They look great.

-- Pete

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#4 posted 07-09-2019 02:05 PM

beautiful chairs i think yours look a lot better than the ones shown on their website.i may have to build a pair of these.ive made many in the past but not a foldable one.i love the comfort of these chairs and these look to have good contours.nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 07-09-2019 03:50 PM

Great looking chairs… I really like the folding design.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#6 posted 07-10-2019 06:48 AM

wow!....that’s realy upgraded design with folding feature.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 07-10-2019 12:32 PM

Wife asked that I replace some store bought (expensive Chinese crap that the binding deteriorated after one summer) chairs we bought from Nebraska furniture mart and Adirondack seem to be the consensus. These are a great looking set. Did you use a plan or design of your own?

-- I refuse to edit the photo orientation for this website any longer. It’s an issue they should address and correct. Gary, Texas

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#8 posted 07-10-2019 04:40 PM

Like I said on the description. The Barley Harvest.

Outfit out of Canada. You can get printed templates or just order the pdf electronic version. Lots of different designs. I also have the foot stool plans and the table which I haven’t started yet.

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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