Adirondack Chair Set & Broken Pot

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Project by WoodArtbyJR posted 07-10-2011 02:32 PM 1941 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first picture is one of an Adirondack Chair set I have been working on to get delivered. Well, I delivered it Friday night. With that done, my daughter wanted a natural edge bowl for a wedding present for a very dear friend of hers. This is what I knocked out. I found this piece of maple in a firewood pile in Puyallup WA (thanks Ralph). I hope she likes it. If not, then it goes to my display table at my Aug art show. I really like working with these odd shapes. I just purchased a new chisle, the Ci1 Easy Rougher and was able to use it on this bowl. Fellow LJ MrEdd suggested this tool so I looked at the reviews here on LJ and found that many LJs liked the Easy Rougher. Well, I’m right inline with them. This is a GREAT tool. The next tool in my future is the Easy Finished. The finish on this bowl is a little walnut oil. I hope you enjoy and as alway, comments and questions welcome.

Oh yeah, the Adirondack Chair set is made of 5/4 Western Red Cedar and has 3 coats of Helmsman Spar Urathane.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#1 posted 07-10-2011 02:38 PM

nice art piece, like the grain pattern. I have made a few that looked like it by mistake when they broke.


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#2 posted 07-10-2011 04:12 PM

Great work! I’ve always wanted to try the chair but never seem to get serious about it. Maybe yours will inspire me.

-- Ed, Artistry in Wood

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#3 posted 07-10-2011 04:25 PM

They all look great. I need to make 2 of these chairs real soon. Well done.

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

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#4 posted 07-11-2011 02:55 AM

Hey Jim – nicely done – I am still admiring the patio set you did – both the patio set and the adirondacks on are mt to do list….The bowl is beautiful – wonderful you can find this gem in the firewood pile…...way to go!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 07-11-2011 03:33 PM

Nice chairs….need to make some chairs as well.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#6 posted 07-11-2011 03:48 PM

The chairs and foot lounges were made from a purchased pattern online. My wife said she wanted a table to go along with it and here are the requirements…...I took the design from my Bistro Table set and scaled it down. Thank you all for the kind words.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#7 posted 07-12-2011 04:19 AM

Jim, would you mind sharing the online source for the chair pattern? This is a beautiful set and I’d like to make some as a gift.

Great work on the bowl too. You’re quite the artist!

-- Measure twice, but still make sure it's the right board

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#8 posted 07-12-2011 03:44 PM

Tdkbama, is the online location for the plans. Remember, the table plan is my own. Now, I tweeked their design just a touch. I used my Kreg pocket hole to attach the front legs to the arm rests and instead of drilling thru the front (visable) side of the fan back to attach them to the back brace, I came from the underside of the back brace with the pocket hole tool again. This makes the attachment of the fan back invisable from view. IMHO this makes for a much cleaner construction. I used the Kreg step drill for all the screw holes and I used 1 1/2” Kreg screws for the construction. In some areas where I miscalculated the thickness I did step back to the 1 1/4” Kreg screw. I found the screws at via Amazon. I purchased them from Amazon the first time and then bought them directly for the next replacement batch. Hardware Sales provides free shipping. I paid $1.99 extra for expidited USPS and they were here the next day. Now, they’re only 120 miles up the road but that’s still pretty good service. I hope this extra info is helpful. If you do build this chair, send me an IM and I will give you some more tips I learned from trial & error on this project.


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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