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Blog series by jcontract updated 04-01-2010 04:44 AM 8 parts 18783 reads 26 comments total

Part 1: Intro and Preparing the Back Slats

12-21-2009 12:41 AM by jcontract | 7 comments »

I’ve always loved the Adironack Chair. Some of my fondest memories are sitting in one and relaxing with a cold drink, watching the sunset when it’s the perfect temperature, with just a hint of a soft breeze. So when a few years back when my wife and I bought our first house, we needed the perfect Adirondack chair for the backyard. One that was comfortable, but not too low to the ground. One that didn’t feel like you were too reclined. I looked high and low for the perfect...

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Part 2: I Love the Smell of Mahogany in the Morning

12-28-2009 04:36 AM by jcontract | 1 comment »

After receiving about 20 inches of snow last week, this weekend brought heavy rain and warmer temperatures to the NY metro area. And there was enough rain to wash almost every trace of snow away. Today, I took the trip down to my friend John’s to get some more work done on the chair. John has the Jointer, the Surface Planer, and the Table Saw that I am sorely missing in my lame excuse for a shop. But, it’s a great excuse to get together and have some dedicated shop time. We ha...

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Part 3: Not So Fast

01-02-2010 04:07 AM by jcontract | 2 comments »

The last time, I thought I was ready to begin assembling. However, I still had more bandsawing and routing to do. I still needed to rought cut the side members, and then put all of the band-sawn pieces back on the templates to get them smooth and exact. So it’s 1/1/2010. Happy New Year! Spent the morning cleaning up after the New Year’s party, and then it was out into the garage. Luckily, the weather was not that bad. A balmy 40 degrees, more than good enough to open the garage...

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Part 4: Leg Assembly...Finally

01-11-2010 05:14 AM by jcontract | 3 comments »

It was cold in the garage this weekend. But I was determined to get the assembly of the chair off the ground. Since assembly involved glue up, I tried to keep the temperature up with a small space heater. So I brought a small digital thermometer with me. Temperature outside – 21 degrees; Starting garage temperature – 32 degrees; average temperature with the space heater – 47 degrees. Just high enough for the TiteBond III recommended temperature of 45 degrees. I’ve...

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Part 5: Brackets and Arms

01-18-2010 04:52 AM by jcontract | 5 comments »

A wet and rainy day gave me the perfect excuse to get out and work on the chair. I’ve reached the crucial step in assembly, which is to install the bracket, arms, and upper cross-piece. These pieces need to be installed with care to get the proper proportions for the back slats. So here we go. First, I installed the brackets which are used to support the arms. The top gets an 1 5/8” stainless screw, and you have to be careful with the bottom screw. There’s not a lo...

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Part 6: The Back Goes On

01-25-2010 06:14 AM by jcontract | 1 comment »

What a great Sunday I had. And since the J-E-T-S were on I didn’t miss watching any football. Just kidding, gotta give them credit, they still had a nice year. Anyhow, back to my nice day. My compatriot John T, came over today to help me with some odds and ends. First, the cover of my Ridgid drill press was broken off where it screws into the top. So we lathered it up with some epoxy, and that seems to have fixed it. Also, John gave me a tutorial in cleaning up old hand saws. Here...

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Part 7: First Test Runs....The Seat Goes On

03-01-2010 05:38 AM by jcontract | 5 comments »

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 cha...

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Part 8: The Final Installement: The Adirondack Side-Table

04-01-2010 04:44 AM by jcontract | 2 comments »

I’ve been working for a few weeks now, a few hours a night getting the side-table built. It wasn’t that difficult to do. But it was fun nonetheless. Assembling the base of the table. The legs go on with glue and screws from the back. The most difficult part of the whole assembly was getting the spacing correct. The plans called for a distance of 18 1/4”. So it was a matter of getting the 2 ends of the top to run parallel at 18 1/4” while maintaining th...

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