Adirondack Chair & Table #7: First Test Runs....The Seat Goes On

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Blog entry by jcontract posted 03-01-2010 05:38 AM 2450 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After finishing the saw rehab, it was back to completing the chair. My wife was away for the weekend on an all out scrapbooking extravaganza. So that left me some time to work into the wee hours of the night to complete the chair set slats. First, I cut and fine tuned spacers used to make certain the spces bewteen the slats are identical. I could have tried to do this by eye, or some other inexact technique, but to me the spacing between the slats is a critical element. Hey, it’s my chair, so I get to sweat details like this! I know, it’s only an Adirondack chair, but I still have to feed my OCD.

Here’s a side view. I cut the spacers with the chop saw (with a stop block to repeat the cut), since I don’t own a table saw. The wood used for the spacers is just from some pressure treated that’s been laying around for a while. Probably better ways of doing this, but this seemed to work fairly well.

And here’s the head on view.

So it was sanding, counterbore, glue and screw the slats down, and waaaalaaaa! ... no more pieces to assemble. I quickly called in a few testers, to ensure the chair was working the way it should. I think I passed the test.

So the only thing left is to plug the screw holes in the seat slats, and then final sanding and finish.

I plugged the holes in the chair. But not only did I align the grain, I tried to match the grain color as best as I could for every plug. Sorry, OCD kicking in.

So that’s just about it! I’m probably going to wait until it starts to get a bit warmer to add spar varnish. So the next posts will focus on a nifty little side table.

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#1 posted 03-01-2010 07:30 AM

Great job!

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#2 posted 03-01-2010 07:53 AM

Wow! Beautiful, really beautiful adirondack chair out of beautiful wood. I like the shape armrest and also the way you rounded the all exposed edges. Really excellent work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Chris Pond

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#3 posted 03-01-2010 07:41 PM

Nice work!!! How hard is it to build one of these chairs?
I saw Norm from the ” New Yanke Workshop ” show build. I am new to WW but do have the right tools.
Love to chat Thnk.

-- Chris, Fernie, BC

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#4 posted 03-02-2010 01:47 AM

Very nice work John!
little side table? You’re building a work bench next. Looking forward to that blog.

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#5 posted 03-02-2010 02:54 AM

Chris. Not hard to build at all if you have the right tools. If you look at the blog, the best thing I did was make the patterns. Once you have them, you can turn these out pretty easily. Of course, I’ve gone a bit overboard with them. The carriage bolts are not stainless, I went with silicon bronze. And I guess you don’t need Mahogany, although Norm switched from Spanish Cedar to Mahogany. There are a few thing I can suggest to you that I did that might make the build a bit easier, but let me know.

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