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Blog series by Retsof updated 729 days ago 13 parts 22502 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: First Time Building An Adirondak Chair

833 days ago by Retsof | 0 comments »

My old patio set has seen better days. It was a pretty inexpensive set that I picked up when we lived in Phoenix fourteen years ago, so I guess I got my money’s worth out of it. Anything that last fourteen years in the Phoenix and Las Vegas sun is pretty amazing. :) I looked into the cost of replacing the slings on four chairs and a chaise lounge and I’m not sure it’s worth doing. Since I have the time and the tools, this is the perfect opportunity to take a crack at bu...

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Part 2: Adirondack Chair - First Photo

833 days ago by Retsof | 0 comments »

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...

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Part 3: Adirondack Chair - Major Progress

831 days ago by Retsof | 2 comments »

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 O...

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Part 4: Adirondack Chair - End of Day Three and It's Ready for Paint!

831 days ago by Retsof | 2 comments »

I’m pretty psyched about this chair. I was able to get it completely assembled and I even filled all the exposed screw holes tonight. I’ll be ready to prime and paint after a quick touch up with the sander first thing in the morning. I can’t wait to be sitting in this chair by my pool tomorrow evening. Here’s a view from the rear showing those beefy 2×8 legs. I think the arched back looks great. I’m a pro with the jigsaw after this build. Now ...

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Part 5: Adirondack Assembly Line

829 days ago by Retsof | 0 comments »

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 ...

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Part 6: Adirondack Assembly Line Continued

828 days ago by Retsof | 2 comments »

Today I spent the morning looking for enough wood to finish my Adirondack patio set. I went to two Lowes stores and pretty much cleaned them out of 1×3 Douglas Fir decking boards which is what I’m using for my seat slats and most of my back slats (I use one 1×4 for the middle back slat on the single chairs and 2 1×4s and 1 1×6 on the settee). The actual width of 2 3/8” is perfect and I just have to cut them to length. The problem is that there is never eno...

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Part 7: Some Assembly Required...

827 days ago by Retsof | 0 comments »

I spent today assembling two chairs and the settee from the parts that I had cut yesterday. I was really in the grove today. Even more neighbors stopped by to check out the chairs. One of them asked so many questions, that I suspect he is on the board of my HOA and was trying to find out if I was operating a furniture building business out of my garage. I’m really happy with how chair #2 & #3 turned out. They are so identical, that even I have a hard time telling which one I ...

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Part 8: A Coffee Table Too

825 days ago by Retsof | 3 comments »

I decided to add a coffee table to my set with some of my extra lumber. The kids and I spent the day sanding and priming all the furniture. Tomorrow is painting day! Can’t wait to see them in my backyard by Sunday evening.

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Part 9: Finally Finished!

824 days ago by Retsof | 7 comments »

It took me nine days from start to finish, but I’m finally done with my Adirondack Patio Set. I am really tired of painting too! The chairs are sitting by the pool where they and I will be spending Memorial Day. Hunter and Huckleberry, my English Springer Spaniels, approve. Can anyone tell me if there is a way to format my photos so the right 1/3 of the picture doesn’t get cut off when I link them in my blog? If not, I guess I’ll have to make sure all the im...

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Part 10: Patio Planter Boxes - Day 1

816 days ago by Retsof | 0 comments »

I started a new project today. I’m building two large patio planter boxes. The final dimensions should be close to 41” long x 24” wide x 20” high. I’m working from Woodsmith’s Outdoor Woodworking book. Here’s a link to their website: http://woodsmithstore.com/w1021.html There were a lot of cuts to make for this build. The diagrams for this project are pretty detailed and that’s a good thing because there is no cut list provided....

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Part 11: Patio Planter Boxes - Continued

804 days ago by Retsof | 0 comments »

I’ve made a lot of progress on this project, but I’ve been so busy since the kids got out of school for the summer, that I haven’t had much computer time lately to update my blog. Here I have the three piece legs glued up and I’m testing the fit of the tenons. In this photo, I’ve finished the sanding all the parts, have the tenons glued into the legs, and have the panels installed. Now they are starting to look like planters. One of the changes I ma...

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Part 12: Patio Planter Boxes - Finished!

794 days ago by Retsof | 1 comment »

I finished painting my patio planter boxes today. I like the way they came out. Thanks to the mortise and tenon, and panel construction, they are very sturdy. The were a lot of dadoes, mortises, tenons, and trim to cut for this project, but it was a lot of fun fitting all the pieces together. The colors are Martha Stewart’s “Monk’s Glove” and “Chianti” from Home Depot. Working on these in my garage attracted a lot of attention. As I was fi...

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Part 13: One Man's Trash...

729 days ago by Retsof | 4 comments »

It has been about 60 days since I have set foot in my garage workshop due to the relentless Summer heat here in Las Vegas. I have a portable swamp cooler and a couple of fans that help a lot, but once we hit triple digits for more than a couple of days in a row, I find my motivation to finish projects or to start any new ones, goes North for the Summer. This is a photo of my garage thermometer that I took on August 15, 2012: Here are a couple of videos showing what I have been doin...

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