Outdoor Furniture #2: Adirondack Chair - First Photo

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Blog entry by Retsof posted 05-19-2012 05:43 AM 1905 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: First Time Building An Adirondak Chair Part 2 of Outdoor Furniture series Part 3: Adirondack Chair - Major Progress »

Like most of my projects, this one went from building “an Adirondack Chair” (as in one chair), to building seating for five. At least I’ll be ready for a BBQ on Memorial Day Weekend this year.

I feel like I got a lot done today in between trips to the kid’s schools, a run to Home Depot, and some work in my vegetable gardens. I was able to get from drawing up and cutting out my templates for all of the curved pieces, to actually cutting out enough of the chair parts from the templates to build three chairs and a matching settee (love seat).

I was really in the jigsaw zone there for a while today. I surprised myself at how fast I was able to cut out nine back leg/seat supports (the settee has three), eight arms, and eight arm braces. My Bosch Jigsaw is a lot of fun to work with. I’ll be smoothing these parts out on my oscillating spindle sander first thing in the morning and then cutting out all of the straight pieces of the chairs. Sanding should go quickly as I was cutting just a hair outside the lines after getting all this jigsaw practice in one day.

I know that I’m going to run out of lumber before I can finish all of these chairs, but I want to make sure that I at least get one of them completely finished this weekend. The others I can finish up mid-week after I make another run to the store to get whatever boards I need (and probably more screws) to finish up.

Because I’m building these out of Douglas Fir, I’m planning to prime and paint them. I was looking through my garage and I found a gallon and a half of white latex exterior paint left over from another project, so I guess these chairs are going to be painted white. Not a bad choice for my climate.

Well, time to hit the hay. I have a lot to get done this weekend.

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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