Adirondack Chair

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Project by J. Curtis Goforth posted 05-09-2011 02:16 PM 3182 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently made this Adirondack chair for my mother for Mother’s Day. It was my first time using plans, which I got from Lee Valley. It was also my first experience making and using templates. I learned not to make templates out of 1/8” hardboard because it is too thin for the bearing on most router bits to follow.

The Lee Valley Adirondack chair is a very comfortable one complete with numerous compound angles and some rather complicated instructions. It also took me a lot longer than it would have if I had used a design that wasn’t so complex. I made this one out of treated pine with brass screws (countersunk and filled). I wouldn’t recommend the Lee Valley plans if you want to turn out several of these—go instead with simpler plans like the ones from Norm.

I learned another hard lesson with this build because I ended up having to wait a few months in between when I milled the lumber and when I started the assembly—not a smart move! The back slats of that treated pine twisted and bowed like crazy. The end result wasn’t too bad, but in the future I will definitely budget my time better so that I can do the assembly and cutting around the same time. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 05-09-2011 05:54 PM

Looks great Curtis. I am just about to start a couple of these. I also have plans from Lee Valley. My plans are for the folding type of Adirondack chair.

-- - Martin

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#2 posted 05-09-2011 05:56 PM

Nice ;)

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#3 posted 05-09-2011 05:57 PM

Nice chair, such a dark color might make it really hot when it has been sitting in the sun for a few hours.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 05-09-2011 07:58 PM

Good chair…good place.)

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#5 posted 05-10-2011 02:35 AM

great chair, I’ve got a few to build this month too…

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#6 posted 05-10-2011 03:49 AM

That treated yellow pine is a real challenge isnt it.My horse stalls are floored with it and this is the only time it seemed to behave and not warp,twist,curl,etc.I guess screwing it to RR ties with 3” deck screws tamed it!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 05-11-2011 06:36 AM

Nice chair. Last December, I used plans from Woodcrafters and gave them as gifts to my parents and in-laws. Now I have a four more orders to fill for friends. Some kind of fun we have.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#8 posted 05-11-2011 09:59 PM

nice job !

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