Adirondack Chairs

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Project by AugieCoe posted 03-08-2011 04:23 AM 1918 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first project using actual plans. I think one of the things I really love about woodworking is coming up with your own design, figuring out the scale, dimensions, overall look, etc. Well, not this time! I couldn’t really figure out how this thing was going to hold together, so I grabbed some plans off the internet. I’m glad I used cedar. It would have been cheaper using pressure treated lumber, but I really like the look of the cedar with some water sealer added. They have held up for a year and a half and still look and feel great. One more coat of sealer this summer and I should be good for another 2 years.

Lesson learned from this project? Even with plans you sometimes have to improvise. The number of back slats didn’t quite fit from the plans. I ended up cutting one slat in half and using one for each side. The angle in the back isn’t quite what it should be so you sit a little straighter than you are supposed too. Don’t get me wrong, they are still very comfortable, plus it’s good for my posture.


-- There is a lesson in every project. Play safe!

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#1 posted 03-08-2011 04:56 AM

I’m a hugh fan of adirondack chairs. Yours look great. I know what you mean about using plans. I have built quilte a few items without plans, but given the opportunity, I’ll always use bought plans, or free plans. There are a lot of talented designer out there with a lot of time to perfect plans. I take advantage of that whenever possible.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#2 posted 03-08-2011 03:02 PM

The cedar is very nice looking, and I like the foot rests you made, as opposed to the arched ones I usually see. These can double as end tables if needed, a good idea…

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#3 posted 03-08-2011 03:07 PM

Nice to bult some things!!! And thease are good. If you are raddy you can rest on your project. Ha Ha nice work!

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#4 posted 03-08-2011 03:14 PM

I’ve made several Adirondack chairs from a pattern I like a lot – I made the first ones in the late 1980’s. However, I’ve never seen foot rests or tables that I liked enough to build. Those foot rests are OUTSTANDING! I’ll adapt your design to make a couple of end tables and maybe a center table to double as a foot rest for my chairs. I’ve been waiting for this for over 20 years!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Atlanta

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#5 posted 03-08-2011 03:34 PM

Nice job!! I will be building a few of these this year.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 03-08-2011 05:06 PM

Well done, I feel your pain on using plans and things not working. I have made a cpl things with them and had to change things up as well. Like your chairs and the fact that you cared enough to fill the holes as well. I have some plans for Lee Valley for folding Adirondack Chairs that I need to build soon.

Great job, thx for posting.

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

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#7 posted 03-08-2011 09:25 PM

Your chairs turned out well. After making a few chairs and getting the fit I wanted I went ahead and made a set of templates. It really speeds up the process when ever I make a few more.

Thanks for sharing .

-- Pete Wadey ,

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