This was my second attempt to make a chair. What made this all unique for me was that I used templates, a router table and mahogany for the first time!The wood is from reclaimed church pews that I got off of Craigslist for almost nothing.Best part is that I can make another one with all the templates that were made – so we’ll see about the second one.The wood is 1 1/2 inch thick and I used Teak Oil.I am not happy with what I am calling the ‘cloudy ends’ wh...
The other night I ate a fortune cookie and thought, hmm this one is accurate…. How did that cookie know I would be writing about accomplishing my first furniture build? I had fun building this chair. And now I’m going to be focusing on making it easier to build the next ones. I would like some input on what everyone’s opinions on what wood they think is best for outdoor furniture like this, and what looks best. I’m going to try cedar for the next one. If you ...
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...
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.
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 ...
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...
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 ...
I got in a couple of hours today working on my adirondack chairs. I marked the location for the arm brackets and clamped them in place before screwing them. I took out the screws, added glue and then reassembled. The next step was attaching the arms. A 3/4” scrap was clamped into place to make things easier to line up. After the arms were in place I clamped the upper back support in place before adding four 1/4” carriage bolts (two per arm). Finally, I was able to add back sla...
Alright, I have decided that I would like to build my own patio furniture instead of buying a set from “the big box stores.” I took the design idea from a table I saw at one of those stores, but it is slightly different, also I didn’t like the chairs that they had with the set, those are still in design phase. here is the table’s design that I have drawn using google’s sketch up: I’ll continue to work on the chair designs, but I was sort of inter...
Why Some "Pine" May Not Be The Right Wood For Some Outdoor Furniture In Some Areas, Some of the Time
I have a great friend that is learning to do woodworking. He has been working hard at it the past 5 years, or so, and building some adult Adirondack Chairs was his first entry into making his own project. I suggested a curved seat, and a curved back for comfort (I had spent about 18 months perfecting my own Adirondack chair design, before I gave up), but he wanted to make them simpler. He found a plan on the internet, and went to work. They started out as gifts, and then he decided to s...
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