adirondack chair

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Project by rusticderek posted 01-19-2014 12:32 PM 1133 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

adirondack chair building

when i was in 9th grade in 1996, i built my first adirondack chair in woodworking class. it came out so good that it won me the end of the year award. now 2014 i have built over 100. all different colors and different seat back inclines. i have made them out of pine, cedar, redwood, and cypress. colors of green, yellow, red, blue, black, white, as well as some natural and just clear coated. i make each adirondack chair out of 3/4” thick lumber. i use glue and over 70 1 1/4” screws to hold it together. i cut the seat slats first and then the arm supports, followed by the back. the legs are made next. once i have all the pieces rough cut, i finish cut them using the band saw and polish them up with the sander. i then use the drill press to counter bore the screw holes and cut out the cup holder hole. sometimes i cut the pieces using a jig saw just to spice things up. assembly of the back comes first. then unatched, i put together the seat and chair legs. after that i attach the arm supports. with the chair almost assembled, i line up the back flush with the arms usually at a 17 degree angle. but that can differ from chair to chair. i then plug the holes and sand them smooth. I apply 3 coats of milk paint or exterior grade rustolium paint. i steel wool the chair and when fully dry, i apply tung oil to gloss up the paint. following that, i dull the luster with paste wax. and then i am done and left with a beautiful eye pleasing piece of rustic beauty. these chairs are truley a backyard classic.

-- derek, texas

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#1 posted 01-19-2014 12:54 PM

They really are a classic. I live only few dozen miles from the Adirondacks and I see these chairs everywhere. I wouldn’t have expected to see them in Texas though! They look great.

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#2 posted 01-23-2014 04:18 PM

They look great and comfortable. Very nice colors and like the cup holder. I’m sure they are sturdy to last for a long time outdoors. Great job!

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