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Adirondack Chairs from Free Plans

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Project by MrFid posted 09-17-2019 04:44 PM 556 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi folks.

I haven’t posted a project in a while, so I thought I’d update you on some past work.

My neighbor and good friend Sergey wanted to build some Adirondack chairs with me, and I agreed to collaborate with him on this. We went and bought some white oak on clearance from Highland Hardwoods in Epping NH. One of my favorite hardwood dealers.

We used plans available from Jake’s Chair that are available for free here:

https://www.jakeschair.com/

We found these plans to be precise, easy to work from, and the price was right. The instructions are long winded, but well written and complete. I wanted to thank Jake for the plans over the internet, so I did some digging and I found out that Tom, the designer of Jake’s Chair, had passed several years ago, but his plans survive and live on. They were great to work from.

We built 4 of these chair/stool combos over the course of several nights (we both have young children so working at night was great). It was helpful to have an extra set of hands for this project since there are a lot of repetitive cuts, and having him in the shop with me kept boredom at bay.

There was a lot of time at the router table for this project. Especially easing all 4 edges on the slats for the seats and the stools was particularly tedious, since with the router running conversation is not possible.

We decided to finish with Epifane’s Marine Varnish, which I liked. We diluted 50% with mineral spirits. Question: In people’s minds does diluting 50% mean 2 parts varnish to 1 part mineral spirits, or 1 part varnish to 1 part spirits? We went with 2:1 ratio after deliberation. It worked well.

These chairs are very sturdy, strong, and durable. With white oak they are VERY heavy, but I’m glad we used this material.

I’m not sure I’d want to go into business making these, but it was a good experiment, and I enjoyed working with my friend. Woodworking is so often a solitary discipline that it was good to have someone else in the shop.

Thanks for reading!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.





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John Smith

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#1 posted 09-17-2019 06:19 PM

awesome job on the chairs ~ they will be around for a very long time.

I am a big fan of Epifanes. the only issue is that it takes
from 5 to 15 coats, 24 hours apart to really provide the high UV
protection that some outdoor projects require. (such as boats, etc).
then a refresher coat every couple of years.

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-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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oldrivers

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#2 posted 09-17-2019 06:42 PM

I have seen a lot of Adirondack chairs built them myself, what you have built are not only very nice with great workmanship. I can tell by looking as well as by passed experience that you nailed it both on the build and when you said ”These chairs are very sturdy, strong, and durable. With white oak they are VERY heavy” (Great Job)

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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MrFid

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#3 posted 09-17-2019 06:50 PM

Thanks fellas for your encouraging words.

John Smith I agree that Epifane’s took several coats to get the finish I was looking for, and I expect to need to re-coat at some point periodically. But I like the look and the finish. I also might keep these in a screened in porch, so hopefully they won’t weather quite as fast as it would outside. They’ll definitely be “wintered” in the porch.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 09-17-2019 11:50 PM

Awesome chairs, free plans, that’s a win win!

Those Jake’s chair plans have built a lot of comfy chairs.

Enjoy them.

Not sure if everyone understands how to handle these files? They are on this page

In the LARGE boxes where it says DOWNLOAD HERE, please do not. That will download a crappy software onto your computer, and you may be some time trying to rid yourself of it. You are looking for 2 lines, one over the other on my computer they show as blue in color. See below

Download Jake’s Chair Zip File for PC

Download Jake’s Chair Zip File for Mac

Pick which you want if you have a Windows PC, go there or if you are on Apple Mac computer go there.

Pick to save to your computer, it will go to your downloads file. On my computer they automatically opened. The files are .BMP files which open with “paint” In their jacket you have to open them to see what they are. I suggest going to your desktop, and right clicking. You will get a few choices. Pick Folder, and a new blank folder will open on your desktop. Right click it again, and chose “rename” and name it Jake’s chair, so you know what it is. For ease of seeing what you have, once inside your new folder, right click again, and at the top it will say view. To move them from the file you downloaded, to the file on your desktop. make both of them half the size of your desktop. Highlight all at once, or drag them one at a time to your new folder. Pick either Large files, or EX Large files, depending on how good your vision is. This will create a thumbnail of each file. The text file is exactly that, and it explains some of what I just posted.

Have fun.

-- Think safe, be safe

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 09-17-2019 11:52 PM

Thanks for this information. It was very helpful, another place I found helpful was here https://bit.ly/2kRjgEh

- Dan0012

Ted’s woodworking is a scam site, The plans and files there have all been stolen, and that ()&(%) guy will mess up your computer with malware if you contact him, or his evil minions. I hope others who know this to be true chime in as well so regular folks here don’t end with problems.

Dan0012 has been here 1 day, and it would seem he has poisioned at least 4 threads. I flagged him, but wouldn’t hurt to double down on this, lest we end with bedbugs, and other body grabbing filfth.

Thank you Cricket, whooosh, trash be gone…...............

-- Think safe, be safe

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swirt

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#6 posted 09-18-2019 03:47 AM

Those look great. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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MrFid

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#7 posted 09-18-2019 12:09 PM


Thanks for this information. It was very helpful, another place I found helpful was here https://bit.ly/2kRjgEh

- Dan0012

Ted s woodworking is a scam site, The plans and files there have all been stolen, and that ()&(%) guy will mess up your computer with malware if you contact him, or his evil minions. I hope others who know this to be true chime in as well so regular folks here don t end with problems.

Dan0012 has been here 1 day, and it would seem he has poisioned at least 4 threads. I flagged him, but wouldn t hurt to double down on this, lest we end with bedbugs, and other body grabbing filfth.

Thank you Cricket, whooosh, trash be gone…...............

- therealSteveN

Thanks for flagging Steve. And thanks for looking as well!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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Ivan

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#8 posted 09-20-2019 07:09 AM

Nice chairs…I don’t see any cool beer here!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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