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Outdoor Furniture #5: Adirondack Assembly Line

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Well, I have one finished Adirondack Chair now. It’s nice and heavy. No danger of this one blowing into my pool no matter how much wind we get here.

Here it is during the priming/painting process.

And another.

Here is the completed chair and the legs for two more chairs and the matching settee.

I stopped by our local specialty lumber yard today just to look around and see if I could find a better deal on the Douglas Fir 1×3 and 1×6 lumber that I need to complete my chairs, and they didn’t have any in stock. They cater mainly to professional cabinetmakers, so they have plenty of great hardwoods, but not much in the way of cheap lumber for outdoor applications.

I guess I’m going to Lowes in the morning, though I may try a different location as I’ve pretty well picked over the Douglas Fir that they have in stock in the store closest to my house. Once nice thing about living in a place like Las Vegas, is that we have a Lowes or Home Depot about every five miles out here.

I sat down today and figured out what it actually costs to build one of these chairs and it was a bit more than I had hoped. For lumber, screws, glue, primer, and paint it is roughly $135.00 per chair! This isn’t counting sand paper, wear and tear on my tools or any labor. I think I’ll have put about 50 hours into this project before I have all four pieces done. Now that I have my templates made, and experience with the assembly, I could probably knock out another chair from scratch in about three days (including the time for priming/painting), and the usual distractions that eat up my days.

The specialty lumber yard did have a good deal on European Steamed Beach that was already S4S, so now I’m wondering what I could build with some of that. Hmmm.

I really want to learn more about chair making after this experience. I wish I could afford to take a week-long workshop right now. I’d love to make a Windsor or a Maloof style chair someday. I’ve always been a little intimidated by projects that require steam bending or laminating.

-- "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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