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My daughter, Natasha, asked me to make 6 Adirondack chairs for her back yard out of pressure treated lumber which she plans to age naturally until grey. We have already installed a 45" diameter fire-pit. I chose Norm Abram's plan from "The New Yankee Workshop" because I have constructed about 16 of these over the years for various family members and have been quite happy with chair comfort and longevity. A free download of the plan is available at https://archive.org/details/NYWSAdirondackChair1/NYWS%20Adirondack%20Chair%201/. Norm's materials list is attached. There is very little wastage if you follow the materials list and recommended cutting sequence.

Start the project by making the 8 patterns from 1/4" hardboard. Drill screw locations and all 1/4" carriage bolt holes in patterns. For a sturdier chair that is not subject to warping, all pieces were cut from 5/4" x 6" x 8' & 10' pressure treated spruce per materials list instructions. Edges are routed using a 3/8" round-over bit. To reduce wastage, after ripping the 5/4×6 for legs and other 3.5" pieces, use the remainder for seat slats. This adds an additional slat to each seat.

Use 2.5" galvanized carriage bolts to fasten the legs and the upper rear cross pieces. Seat slats are attached with 2.25" galvanized 16 gauge brads. The countersunk screws in the arms were hidden with 3/8" dowels. Given today's prices of lumber and supplies in Alberta, the chairs cost me $60 each.

I constructed two of these chairs and the matching love-seat for my daughter about 16 years ago from 5/4" stock. To this day, the chairs are warp and rot free. Guests have always commented on the comfort level of this design. My 85 year old neighbour also found it easy to enter and exit the chair and she is already hinting for a pair.

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What a beaut bunch of chairs, can imagine sitting around that fire-pit enjoying it's warmth.
 

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Thanks for sharing the link. These look great!
 

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Mighty fine work you did there.
 

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Nice set of chiris!!

Cheers, Jim
 

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Nicely done, and I find they are comfortable sitting around a fire. Well done.
 

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Great looking chairs.
 
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