adirondack chairs and foot rest

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Here are two adirondack chairs with matching foot rest that I made recently. Chairs and footrest are made out of aromatic cedar and left unfinished to age naturally. I have made several out of different wood types but prefer the cedar. Plans for the chairs are from the New Yankee Workshop. Over the years I have refined the angle for the top and bottom back slat support. Also have made several assembly jigs for these chairs. The footrest design is one that I came up with. Let me know what you think.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#1 posted 01-09-2008 12:38 AM

I bet they small just fantactic! Nice job

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-09-2008 12:52 AM

You wanna know what I think? Well, I think I really like cedar and these chairs show it off really well. Of course, what’s a chair without a suitable footrest.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 01-09-2008 01:04 AM

Thanks for the comments. I get the cedar rough sawn (.50 a board foot!) from a local cedar mill and run it through my planer. They do smell great.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#4 posted 01-09-2008 01:10 AM

oooooooooooooooh how yummy!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 01-09-2008 02:06 AM

this looks very close to the one i made out of FWW magazing last summer…as MSDEBBIE pointed out when I posted—-”I bought wood for 4, cut out two and made one…” I have still only made one…now I need to make the other—-BUT wiothyour post I am thinking I will use the wood for the other two to make foot rests…
VERY nice…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 01-09-2008 02:09 AM

These are great. My wife and I made a pair from Monterey Cypress (a type of Cedar) and I have them posted in my projects. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#7 posted 01-09-2008 03:23 AM

These are nice and its in my long to do list. When I work with aromatic cedar, I clean the shop first and save the shavings. My wife makes a small pillow to stuff with the cedar and hang in the closet.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#8 posted 01-09-2008 11:49 AM

Very nice chairs. I like the color of the wood, and probably would seal it, if mine.

RAH, what a good idea!

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#9 posted 01-09-2008 12:46 PM

Im curious, about adirondack chairs, why are the backs always slats? is there a reason a solid back adirondack chair isnt made?

-- @jonboon81

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#10 posted 01-09-2008 07:22 PM

I have put sealer on the chairs if requested, but most prefer them left natural. Adirondack chairs normally have slatted backs but with a change in the upper and lower seat back angles a solid back could be used. It would require more wood. I have made these from quartersawn white oak and cypress.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#11 posted 01-09-2008 09:49 PM

If you clean out the cyclone before and after planing that cedar, I bet you could make some pet owners real happy. =)

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#12 posted 04-11-2008 05:30 PM

I just checked out your chairs. I really like the use of aromatic red cedar, I love the smell. I’ve made a few adirondack myself and I also used the New Yankee design. I like your foot rest too.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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