The Norm Adirondack Chair & a few BEERS

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Project by Bob Kollman posted 02-19-2012 02:08 AM 3977 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For 12 – or 14 years I have wanted to build the

Norm Adirondack chair.

Well I have finaly built one. Not as good as norms, but I don’t care.

I did not have the plans, but I did have the video!!!! So with a little Kentucky

windage, I went to work. I dedicated all of today for the chair…....

And here I am….happy in my sloth…..

In my chair as happy as can be…:)

Yes I was on my 10th beer when I started to apply the dowel pins on the back rest!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#1 posted 02-19-2012 02:25 AM

Great looking chair Bob


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#2 posted 02-19-2012 02:28 AM

Atta way to go, Bob!

That’s the way to do it!

Nice chair!

Nice job!

I like those arms! Just look at all that BEER! Ready to drink… or has been drank!!
Look at all those STEPS it saves you to the frig! LOL


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 02-19-2012 02:52 AM

Alright Bob! Nice replica of Norm’s chair. I have been using our treadmill pretty regularly lately and while on it, I play old VHS tapes of the New Yankee Workshop. I saw the adirondack chair episode this past week. If you recall, he made his from cypress that had been used in a brewery. Yours appears to be cedar, is that correct? I can’t tell for sure but it appears you took the time to slant the support rails for the chair back. I thought that was a nice touch on Norm’s part. You look quite comfortable in it. You made this in one day? Wow, impressive. Great job.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#4 posted 02-19-2012 02:55 AM

have one on me bob

you deserve it
nice chair

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 02-19-2012 04:49 AM

Very nice chair, strong & comfy….even after 4 cans of beer, its still loyal to you…ha ha ha!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 02-19-2012 06:43 AM

Nice job, anything that can hold at least 1/2 a 6 pack is worth doing, LOL

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 02-19-2012 07:57 AM

Thanks Jim, good to see you here!!!

Joe, this chair was was built outta love for the beer and back yard picnic.

Hello Lenny, I built the template over the past week, and the chair today. The back is slanted by cutting
the back brace at a 30 degree angle on the band saw. The wood is cedar, 5/4 stock for the back
braces, back legs and arms & 4/4 for the front legs, back, and seat slats. This one is based off the video the
Adirondack trio, the remake Norm did about 3 years ago. I spent more time looking for knot free cedar
than I did actually cutting the wood. I had about 30 BF of 5/4 stock sitting on the wood rack, but I had to
buy all the 4/4.

David, it’s been a rough month at work, I think I had one for everyone on LJ’s today!!!

Woodworm, very comfy, and yes LOYAL ;)

Thanks Martin….

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#8 posted 02-19-2012 10:07 AM

Super job Bob !! Being a fellow Wisconsinite I understand beer is a major element of all project endeavors :-)

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#9 posted 02-19-2012 12:38 PM

Hay Bob, Take a look at my version of the Adirondack Chair. I put a can holder in the arm. Just one though. I doubt the TV would let Norm show something useful like a beverage holder.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 02-19-2012 01:54 PM

I bet Norm would approve of the chair. Good job.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 02-19-2012 04:23 PM

Thanks Burt!!!

Doug, I remember when you posted them, I am thinking of making different styles in the future.
A lot of people have great, but different versions of the chair. I think that I read that the original
adirondack chair was 11 planks of wood.

Dan, thank you, and I wish norm would come around our site and post a comment!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#12 posted 02-19-2012 04:49 PM

On your 10th beer, and yet the chair is holding you up…so the dowels must be holding. Ahh, Wisconsin, brats, beer, and those 2 1/2 beautiful weeks of summer… what better way to enjoy them than in an Adirondack chair made with one’s own hands…those same hands that can gently caress a can or bottle of your favorite brew.
Life in the slow lane….and you’re in the driver’s seat. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#13 posted 02-19-2012 07:07 PM

about nten years ago we sold hundreds of sets of these chairs in california redwood they sold very well and honed my skills on the band saw for sure the demensions you have apear close i have the plans here somewhere or they are in norms book you can do the project just fine from the book or in your case by watching the video i recall the seat width is 22and 1/2 inches wide i think that is it i can send you the demensions if your going to go into business making these great chairs

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#14 posted 02-19-2012 08:12 PM

thanks shopsmith, life is really in the slow lane today!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#15 posted 02-19-2012 08:47 PM

Nice Chair Bob!!
I built one of those (similarly inspired) almost 20 years ago, after watching and re-watching an episode of Roy Underhill

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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