Mahogany Adirondack Chairs

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Project by jcontract posted 03-13-2013 02:42 AM 3793 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The girls school has their annual basket raffle to raise money for their field trips, so I took some time off from other projects to build Adirondack Chairs for the raffle. I got a great reaction to the chairs that were built out of Cedar last year, so this year I thought I would take it to the next level and do them in Sapele Mahogany. I’ve got to be honest. I found working with Cedar much more difficult. It chips and dents just looking at it. And a lot of time was spent fixing little issues. And it wasn’t really that much cheaper than to using sapele.

I finally tracked the amount of time spent to build each chair from beginning to end and was amazed at how much time it takes. I clocked in at roughly 40 hours each. But that wasn’t racing to get them done either. I tried to work efficiently without sacrificing attention to detail. I’m a firm believer in the “Go slower …. it’s faster” mantra. And I still have all of my fingers. I’m sure I could cut down that time with more careful attention to process, but this is for fun anyway.

Here are the details:
- Chairs are made of Sapele Mahogany
- Stainless steel carriage bolts and screws
- Titebond III Waterproof glue
- 2 coats of McCloskey’s Man-O-War Marine Spar Varinsh (Satin Finish)

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#1 posted 03-13-2013 06:24 AM

NICE!!! They look exactly like the one I made years ago in shop class using the NYWS plans, however, the wood I used wasn’t nearly as nice… it was PT pine.

-- Ryan, FRMR HMM165 - HMX1 01-10

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#2 posted 03-13-2013 07:01 PM

Your finish on these looks spectacular. Should be a big hit in the raffle. Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 03-14-2013 06:41 PM

Great looking and comfy chair! A great project for a great cause. Way to go!

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#4 posted 06-25-2015 03:57 PM

McCloskey’s Man-O-War is the best spar varnish my local store has. can you comment how well it holds over time – i noticed that you have been using it on your outdoor furniture.

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