Adirondack Chair of a Sort - The Jigs

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Blog entry by CedarFreakCarl posted 1967 days ago 3975 reads 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, I didn’t know these Adirondack chairs would generate so much interest. As a result, the plans I sent out to several different LumberJocks didn’t include any construction methods or any provisions for the jigs I used when I constructed them. Here are some pictures of the jigs I made as well as more pictures that I took whilst they were in the making. The idea here is to construct the first chair the way you want it, then make these jigs so that when you make the rest of the chairs, you have some repeatability.

This first pic is the jig I made out of 3/4” mdf for routing the slot in the side pieces so that the uprights (legs) will fit inside.

Once the sides have been constructed the way you want them, this particular jig will hold them when you attach the back and front cross pieces.

This one aligns the arms and back piece.

This jig will align the arms/backpiece at the right angle before adding the back slats.

Here’s a closeup of the upright leg attachment to the arms.

Here’s a couple more miscellaneous pictures taken during construction.

Hope this helps guys!

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#1 posted 1967 days ago

lookin good so far

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 1966 days ago

Hi Carl, Your blog has helped out a lot.

Thaks again. Bill

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#3 posted 1930 days ago

Hi Carl, I finished my chair two weeks ago. Very pleased. Will send a pic sometime. Bill

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#4 posted 1925 days ago

way to go Carl

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 874 days ago


Great follow up Post to help with Assembly Jigs for those building your chair design.

This Spirit of Sharing is what makes this site ‘Head and Shoulders’ above the rest.

Kudos to you Carl.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#6 posted 626 days ago

Hi Carl, what an incredible chair design, it’s VERY COOL…I’ve been searching for the right Adirondack chair design that I could use for my guests staying at my B&B, would you please email me the CAD drawing? What a great winter project to do… Thank you so much in advance! Happy Holidays email:

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#7 posted 535 days ago

Carl, these chairs look great! I’ve been looking to build 4 chairs for my new firepit area and these would be perfect. Could you please send me the cad drawing? Thanks so much – look forward to start building these.


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