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Projects #10: Making a new set of adirondack chairs

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Blog entry by NedB posted 339 days ago 923 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife hinted strongly the other day that a new set of adirondack chairs would be a nice addition to the back yard. Wood has a set of pretty easy plans in their most recent issue, so I picked up some 5/4 PT pine and have spent the weekend cutting all of the parts to size and then rounding over all of the parts that will get handled. In this case, that’s a pretty significant pile of pine, about 50-60 parts for the pair of chairs. I Might have enough wood for another chair, but honestly I need to get to making cutting boards, so even if I have enough, I’m probably not going to tool back up and make another one right away.

The lumber is both ‘fresh’ from the lumber yard, and more importantly still ‘wet’ with pressure treatment, plus I left it leaning against the shop door and it got rained on pretty heavily the past two days, which means lots of moist sawdust out in the shop. Good thing I recently t-9’d my table saw. as soon as I get them assembled I am going to put them out in the yard to dry out for a week or two, then I will haul them back in the shop and prime and then paint them a nice deep forest green. Photos once I get back out there tomorrow or tuesday of the current mess in the shop.

After I get them done, I really need to do the small shop shuffle and reorganize things a LOT… so I can be more efficient in the upcoming weeks when I’m making cutting boards. Thanks for checking in!

P.S.
I would recommend the plans as pretty easy to follow. I chose not to build the footrest (though it seemed pretty slick in the article). THese are different than the classic New Yankee style ones, and I used 5/4 PT instead of cedar, as I intend to paint mine before summer is here. I’m seriously considering making a table to go with the chairs. Have to see what I can come up with to make that happen.

Update:

Despite nearly a record Low last night, and the weather being cool and damp today, I finished rounding over the remaining parts for the chairs. I’m letting my fingers warm up a bit, then I’m going back out to the shop and start assembly on the chairs.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com



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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 339 days ago

Sounds like you’re going on a great adventure…
... I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes & how it comes out…’

Enjoy the journey…

Thank you…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Beginningwoodworker

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#2 posted 338 days ago

Sounds like fun.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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joein10asee

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#3 posted 338 days ago

”My wife hinted strongly ”

We all know what THAT means.

Translation… “Get crackin’ buddy!” LOL

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NedB

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#4 posted 338 days ago

Joe , ongoing journey, I’m just thankful that I have the shop to use, and I’ve gotten enough information over the years to be fairly effective out there.

Thanks CJ!

Joein10, Oh yeah… she doesn’t say that too often, so when she does I listen.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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NedB

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#5 posted 336 days ago

Despite it being nasty out yesterday… and not a whole lot better today… I’ve managed to finish cutting all of the parts… with the minor point of needing to round over all of the back slats (perhaps ten minutes of router work). I even managed to ‘customize’ the center two slats by putting a ‘tree’ cut-out into them.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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NedB

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#6 posted 334 days ago

well I got one of the chairs assembled… for the moment. I want to tear the back slats off and put on some wider ones… however it is comfortable as it sits.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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kizerpea

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#7 posted 333 days ago

looks great ned …when my wife starts hinting at me i play Dumb!!!lol

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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#8 posted 331 days ago

Nice job… I like the little tree design, nice touch

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 331 days ago

Ned, that chair looks great!

How many more are you going to make?

... just one more, for a pair?

Looks like the Back Slats go Straight across… if you could modify the bottom horiz. back slat, to be curved, you could get those Back Slats with a slight curve that might be more comfortable than straight across… (?)

You’re having FUN!

Thank you for posting.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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