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Adirondack Chair build how to - Betsy's version #9: Footstool

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The church auction is coming up fast. I’ve been out of the power shop for a while. But the last week or so I’ve been inching my way back out there. My chairs are built; now I’m working on the footstools. (I don’t think I’ll get to the table before the auction.)

This is where I’ve gotten so far.

The first was simply putting an 8 degree angle on the top of the two supporting legs. This is easy enough. Just move your chop saw to 8 degrees – line up your blade with the edge of the board nearest you and cut. I drew a black line to show where I cut.

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Next up is cutting out the two feet and two “arms”. These I simply taped two boards together – traced around my template – used the bandsaw to rough cut to about 1/16” from the line and then I used my microplane to get closer to the line then finished by sanding down to the line. I still have a little bit to do to get all the fuzzies off – but I can do that inside on my couch.

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As you can see in the picture – I also marked my hole locations so I’d know where to drill my dowel holes.

After cutting and shaping this is what I have for two footstools.

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Next up was cutting the slot for the support rail.

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Simple enough also, I simply found the center point of my board and then centered my rail and marked my slot.

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I then went to the band saw and cut most of the waste out and then finished squaring the slot with a small file.

That’s all the further I’ve been able to get. Hopefully will get done before the auction. But regardless if I do or not, I have the chairs.

Thanks for looking.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!



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GaryK

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#1 posted 2325 days ago

Looks like you are feeling better, Betsy?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Betsy

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#2 posted 2325 days ago

I’m getting there Gary. I’m not pushing it though. Sticking mostly with the hand tools that won’t hurt to much if I slip up. I normally would have routed out these pieces on the router table. But I did not want to take a chance so I compromised and used the band saw to rough out and then used my microplane. Those were worth the money!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 2325 days ago

This was a good post, Betsy. I am glad to see that you are able to get in some shop time. You don’t need to push it after all this isn’t a race. Keeping your hands and mind busy is excellent therapy so get in what work you can.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Betsy

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#4 posted 2325 days ago

Thanks Scott.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 2325 days ago

Glad your getting around better, Betsy. Glad to see your progress…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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rikkor

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#6 posted 2324 days ago

I also am glad you are up and taking nourishment. Don’t push yourself too hard.

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