When I came up with the idea to make and sell Adirondack chairs and set about doing so, I had never done anything like it. In fact the very idea of making chairs of any kind was one I thought way over my head.
My first chair was made from plans found in Popular Mechanics. I remember taking my boards and transferring the measurements meticulously to each board. Then cutting them out and marking them as templates for future chairs.
First two chairs.
By the time I finished my first chair I had the process down and didn’t really need the templates for more than just a general idea of lengths.
After sitting in my first chair I thought, hmmm, it’s nice, but I could make this much better than these plans. So my next chair was one that incorporated a better design using less wood. Larger back slats, and wrap around arms to support the back. It looks 10 times better than the original.
I still hadn’t fixed the comfort problem. You see with Adirondack chairs there are several parts that almost need to be made custom to the person sitting in it, if you contour the seat and back as I do. The seat rises up under the knees, so if your a short person, the seat needs to be shorter or your legs are liable to stick up and you feet wont touch the ground. Conversely if you’re a tall person, you need a longer seat.
I decided to lengthen the seat and make the part under the knees a bit less of a hump and more rounded. I wanted the seat to support you evenly without any pressure points.
The back also reclines just a fraction more than the original which aids in getting rid of those pressure points.
So the chairs I make now are completely different from the first chair I made, and take less time, and look better.
I’ll keep improving them until people simply have to buy one if they sit in it. Well, at least that’s the goal.
Most recent chair.
-- Mom always said, "you can do anything you put your mind to." The older I get the more I realize she was right.