Outdoor Furniture #3: Adirondack Chair - Major Progress

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Blog entry by Retsof posted 05-21-2012 12:49 AM 2281 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Adirondack Chair project is really starting to come together. Yesterday, I got all of the straight pieces to make one complete chair cut to size and then I ran out of Douglas Fir lumber.

My “Totally Awesome” daughter, Lila (age 10) surprised me by making a sandwich and delivering it to the garage when she thought I could use a break. She even used fresh picked ingredients from my garden on the sandwich! It’s nice to have daughters who like to take care of the Old Man.

Today, I spent the day assembling the first of the chairs. This is my first time building a chair, so I took my time and made some templates and spacers that will help me with the rest of the furniture.

It’s not perfect, but I like it so far. Using 2×8s because I couldn’t get 1×8s for the back legs/seat frame forced me to make some other adjustments and I didn’t anticipate how the thicker legs would impact the spacing of the back slats. If you notice in the photo below, that the back of the chair doesn’t look quite right, that’s because I ran out of boards, so I had to use what I had already cut out per the plans. I didn’t glue the two center boards in the back rest yet because I may replace them with one wider board.

I’ve learned a lot already, and I’m sure the next two chairs and the settee will go together much quicker now that I know the type of adjustments I have to make.

Here is where the chair stands right now. I’m about to attach the arms to the back support. All I have left after that is to decide what shape to cut the back slats and then fill the screw holes, prime, and paint.

It’s a lot of fun building these chairs. I’m so used to building things that are all straight lines and square corners. It’s nice to build something with curves for a change. Once I’m done with these chairs and settee, I think I’ll make the coffee table and a three ottomans to go with them.

One of my neighbors stopped by and asked if she could pay me to build two chairs for her. I have no idea what to charge, but they are fun enough to build, that I’d do it just for the cost of the materials. I guess I’ll figure out how much it cost me per chair and add a little bit to that so I can get the materials for my next project.

-- "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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#1 posted 05-21-2012 01:40 AM

That chair is looking good (and you’ve already got people standing in line to buy them!). But I really wanted to comment on your beautiful and thoughtful daughter. Taking care of dad is something that doesn’t cross most kid’s minds these days. Congrats on raising a good one!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 05-21-2012 06:20 AM

Thanks for the comment. I have two good ones (daughters). They don’t have any interest in learning my hobbies, but they give me plenty of ideas. Another project that I have going right now is an Arts & Crafts style bookcase for my 12 year old daughter. Her birthday is coming up at the end of June and she’s a big reader. I’m at the sanding and final assembly stage with the bookcase, but I have to get done with these Adirondack chairs so I can clean up all the dust in my garage before I put a finish on that bookcase.

I just watched the video tour of your shop. Wow, that was impressive. I would love to be that organized and have that much room to move around. Living in Las Vegas, I don’t know anyone with that kind of shop space. My shop is all about being able to move one tool out of the way when you need to use another. Every tool I have is on wheels or is bench top size.

-- "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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