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Blog entry by WayneC posted 2673 days ago 1332 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today was a goof-off day. I grabbed my handplane hunting pack, iPod and my son and I headed out to the local flea market. Unfortunately, no new tools were to be had today. We stopped at a few garage sales and ran across a guy selling a trailer of 5/4 rough redwood. I had been thinking about building some Redwood Adirondack Chairs for my patio. But, there was enough lumber in the trailer that storage in the garage of my suburban home would be a challenge (that and the explaining it to the wife issue). I decided to think about it and left the lumber there.

I ran home and picked up my daughter. We made a quick woodcraft run. I’m went to get some Rosewood to turn a side handle for the Record T5 that I showed in one of my recent handplane restoration blog entries. I’ll share info on the handle creation process when I get it done. As I was checking out, I asked about the Adirondack Chair plans I had seen on the woodcraft web site. They had a set and I purchased them.

We finished our errands and made a run through the house. I then went back to the yardsale and the redwood was fortunately still there. So here are some pictures of what was on the trailer.

Redwood Lumber

Redwood Lumber

Redwood Lumber

I think I will be able to get a few chairs out of it. Perhaps you all would have some suggestions what to do with the rest.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov



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oscorner

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#1 posted 2673 days ago

Wayne, Perhaps you all would have some suggestions what to do with the rest. That’s a loaded question. You know what we will tell you. Send it to me! LOL.

Looks like a nice find and looks like you found a way to get around, . I don’t know what 5/4 redwood goes for and what you paid, but it should make some nice chairs.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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PanamaJack

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#2 posted 2673 days ago

I agree with Wayne, send some to me! Let us all know how the chair(s) turn out.

That plan has templates, is it a ridged template or paper type? (It states that the templates come in one package….)

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 2673 days ago

I bet you have an never ending smile on your face.
How about making a nice yard swing. We use our swing more than any chair.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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David

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#4 posted 2673 days ago

I would say the stars were aligned!

What a coincidence! I just bought the same Adirondack chair plan set from our local Rockler. Did yours come with cardboard templates and an instructional DVD as well? I am planning on making a set of templates out of hardboard to facilitate cutting parts on the router table using a pattern bit.

That is a great looking load of redwood! I remember many projects with redwood when we lived in California. We still use one of the first things I built of redwood, a simple 4-post bed frame. I hand planned the rough construction clear heart lumber, very similar to what you purchased, because at the time I could not afford surfaced material. The Stanley hand plane I used was a prize from a drawing at a local lumber company (San Lorenzo Lumber Co., Santa Cruz). I was just looking at that plane a couple of days ago thinking I need to tune it up after watching the recent series at Matt’s Basement Workshop and reading your recent postings on LJ. Many years later I have a new appreciation for this plane and plan on using it as the cornerstone of a new collection.

Looking forward to your chairs! I agree with Dick that a swing would be great to make with the remainder of your lumber. Or perhaps an matching end table and set of foot stools.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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dennis mitchell

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#5 posted 2673 days ago

Just to let you know Greene and Greene used redwood in many of their built-in pieces. So I figure you could built about 103 Thorsen tables.

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WayneC

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#6 posted 2673 days ago

I really like the swing idea Dick. Have to look around the yard and see if there is a spot. The one you linked is great. The end tables are also a great idea.

David, PanamaJack, This one has hardboard templates that can be used on the router table. It does not come with a DVD.

Hmmmm. Have to think about a Thorsen challenge table, I’m not sure I will have time.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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David

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#7 posted 2673 days ago

Wayne -

Looking at the thicker stock of your lumber reminded me of a video you might find interesting about making a Greene & Greene inspired planter out of redwood. This is one of my favorite websites: Gary Katz. I always enjoy his articles in Fine Homebuilding. At the end of the video about The Gamble House, he builds a planter that looks easy and a lot of fun. Just click on the link below.

Greene & Greene inspired planter by Gary Katz

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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WayneC

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#8 posted 2673 days ago

Thanks David, the video looks very interesting. I watched about 5 minutes and will finish it tomorrow. Their discussion of the Gamble house is interesting. On the way back from Woodcraft today the Kids and I stopped at a couple of local antique stores. On the way home from there, I drove by and showed them a Greene & Greene house in down town Sacramento. One of these days I will have to my camera and get some pictures of the house and post them in my blog. It is a wonderful home.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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David

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#9 posted 2673 days ago

Wayne -

I’d love to see some photos of the house. I very much enjoy this style of architecture.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Jeff

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#10 posted 2673 days ago

Lucky score on the wood, Wayne. ‘Twas meant to be since it was there when you went back. I just received some plans from a back issue of American Woodworker for an Adirondack chair adaptation that Andy Rae came up with. I wish I had that stack to work with.

After you make a swing, if you have any left, you might consider some foot stools as companions to the chairs. They seem to make the classic chairs just that much more comfortable. I’m interested to hear how you like the curved back of the plans you have.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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oscorner

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#11 posted 2673 days ago

Nice site, David, thanks for sharing it with me.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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