Adirondack Chair build how to - Betsy's version #10: Had to hurry up and get done - so here is the finished project

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 03-22-2008 06:02 PM 1908 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK – the auction is coming up quick and they are supposed to be picking up my chairs this week so I had to hustle and get these done. I, therefore, did not take as I go pictures on the finish up. Sorry about that. But here is the finished project. I was not sure which picture of the 4 I liked best so I’ve put them all here so you can decide!





And just FYI – yes my health is improving——but I must confess to pushing the limits a bit to getting these done. Thankfully a lot of it was hand stuff – putting in screws and painting.

Thanks for looking.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 03-22-2008 08:35 PM

If that is hurring it sure looks great. A great set for the backyard and I’m sure it will be not only well used but appreciated by whom ever purchase’s it.

-- DeputyDawg

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#2 posted 03-22-2008 08:37 PM

Betsy – I am jealous! Great job.

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

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Dominic Vanacora

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#3 posted 03-22-2008 11:50 PM

I have to build these, I just love the look, the size and the way they are made. I should make some and try to sell them, if my wife would let them go. I like the design and it looks like all 1X lumber. When you paint the chair what type of lumber do you use?
I glad your feeling better, I asume making the chair was your meds. It makes me feel good when I finish my projects as well. Thanks for posting your projects.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#4 posted 03-23-2008 12:03 AM

Dominick – thanks. When I make the chairs from pine – I paint and use 1x lumber. The chairs look best though made out of cedar or cypress. Cypress is my favorite. I generally buy my cedar and cypress in the rough and mill it. That generally gives me a heftier chair. Because the cedar and cypress are a little thicker – I tweak the other dimensions as well to keep the proportions right. I generally add an inch to all my dimensions when I use rough lumber.

This is a great easy project that is easy to sell. The original plans say you can make up to 25 copies for sale – after that they don’t like you anymore.

The only complaint that I’ve ever gotten on these chairs is that it is hard to get out of if you have any knee problems. I generally agree with this statement, although I have a knee replacement and the other knee is close to shot and I don’t really have that much trouble getting out of mine.

Give these a try – you’ll enjoy them.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 03-23-2008 12:28 AM

they look great! what a nicely built set.

-- making sawdust....

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 03-23-2008 02:09 AM

Woo hoo you got it done. Good for you. You had any number of excuses to give up on these but you stuck it out. I am proud of you Betsy. And your pieces look great. I am sure that they will do well at the auction.

I am just curious about the different styles on the footstools. I don’t remember anything about it from your previous posts on this project.

Thanks for the post. And enjoy the auction. You have earned it.

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

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#7 posted 03-23-2008 03:08 AM

Thanks Scott. I was not sure what you meant by the different styles on the footstools until I took another look at the pictures. The stool on the right looks like it has a solid top. Not so. It’s a trick of the light – the glare actually is hiding the spaces between the slats. All the pieces are identical.

Thanks for all your encouragement.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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