Cypress Adirondack Chair

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Project by vrice posted 05-15-2011 05:08 PM 4720 views 13 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an Adirondack Chair I built for my oldest son’s Xmas. After a lot of searching (there are MANY plans for these out there!) I decided on a plan I found on Fine Woodworking. This one fit my eye the best of the many I looked at. Also, as my son is “narrow” the dimensions were a good fit for his lack of gerth. We live in Houston so humidity is high and sunlight is plentiful. So I chose to construct this out of cypress. All the joinery on this is via brass screws, mainly to give a good match to the golden cypress. I’m hoping brass corrosion is not going to be a big problem. I debated long and hard about applying finish to this project. I found many opinions on the net regarding finishing, or not, cypress used in outdoor projects. In the end I chose to apply 4 coats of HELMSMAN Spar Urethane from MinWax. Living on Galveston Bay this was not hard to find. Hopefully this will hold its finish without too much maintenance for several years.

-- Vic Rice

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#1 posted 05-15-2011 05:57 PM

Nice job. That looks like fine furniture!

-- - Martin

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#2 posted 05-15-2011 06:37 PM

Nice looking chair!

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

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#3 posted 05-15-2011 06:39 PM

What a beautiful chair! You won’t be sorry with that spar urethane finish.
I tried that on some steak knife handles, and they’re still going strong
after several years of almost daily dishwasher mangling…amazingly strong finish.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#4 posted 05-15-2011 07:22 PM

Great job on the chair and that cypress is just beautiful.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#5 posted 05-15-2011 07:31 PM

Hello vrice

Great job on this chair

I like it a lot

Beautiful tree

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#6 posted 05-15-2011 08:07 PM

Very nice design and execution.

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Occie gilliam

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#7 posted 05-16-2011 12:52 AM

Nice and i like your choice of wood to Vic

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you [email protected]

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#8 posted 05-16-2011 07:18 AM

Ya, I could set a beverage on those arm rests…..with a coaster…..

-- mike...............

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#9 posted 05-16-2011 01:35 PM

Nice chair I need to make a couple of these I will have to look up this one

-- Bob "Every breath I take as a Free man was paid for with the blood of an American Soldier"

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#10 posted 05-16-2011 08:43 PM

Love it!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#11 posted 05-17-2011 06:29 AM

i like the clear finish to keep it natural, it looks classy. nice job.

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#12 posted 05-17-2011 09:43 AM

Beautiful finish.


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Wade Putnam

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#13 posted 05-17-2011 03:10 PM

Nice looking chair, you have good eye for design and detail.

-- Wade, Nashville,

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#14 posted 05-17-2011 03:41 PM

Great chair!

-- christopheralan

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#15 posted 07-16-2012 02:23 AM

Nice chair project. I’m finishing up 2 cypress Adirondack chairs that I will post in a few days. I’ve been thinking about how to finish them. I like your choice, may try that. I’ve posted several of my cypress projects. It’s a great, durable wood for outdoor projects.

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