My First Project

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Project by sethwells posted 131 days ago 942 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been trolling this site for nearly two years with the intention of getting started in woodworking. Well, this year I decided to pursue the woodworking craft instead of playing as much golf. I figured it would keep me around the house more (I have 2 small kids) and I wouldn’t have to be gone for several hours at a time – like in golf. Also, it’s still an activity that me and my son can do together (one of the things I really enjoyed about golf).

Well, I finished my first project! I didn’t start small, either! And I’m proud of how it turned out.

I built this adirondack chair using plans I purchased from Wood Magazine, but I did make a couple of minor changes. Most notably, the addition of the Palmetto Moon (from the SC state flag) on the back of the chair. The 3rd pic is a close up of the rounded nose slat. The 4th pic is a close up of the Palmetto Moon that was done with a scroll saw.

Since I’m just getting started, the chair was built with only a few tools: circular saw, jigsaw, scroll saw, belt sander, orbital sander, cordless drill, and I bought a router just for this. I have no workbench yet, so I fashioned a couple of sawhorses and laid plywood across it for a work surface. I also created an extremely simple router table by simply attaching the router to the underside of a piece of plywood.

I’d like to give special thanks to all of you on this site for TONS of inspiration along with Steve Ramsey, Izzy Swan, Matthias Wandel, Frank Howarth and Jay Bates. I have seen every video that each of them has posted on YouTube and I’ve learned so much.

Hopefully I’ll be back posting something else real soon.

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#1 posted 131 days ago

Nice design work.
I like the addition of the color. Nice change of pace…...............

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 131 days ago

I never would have guessed it was your first project. You got to use a few skills on this, with the curves and scrolling so it looks like you’re having some fun.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#3 posted 131 days ago

Very nicely done, love the detail

-- Norman

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#4 posted 131 days ago

Glad you finally decided to “jump in” and a very nice project to start with. Wonderful detail and I like the color.
Good work. Looking forward to many more…

-- Dennie - Tennessee - Every Pro was once an Amateur. Every Expert was once a Beginner. So dream Big and start Now!

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#5 posted 131 days ago

Did you place those footprints in front of the chair for “effect”? LOL!

-- Dennie - Tennessee - Every Pro was once an Amateur. Every Expert was once a Beginner. So dream Big and start Now!

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Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 131 days ago

One of the nicest looking Adirondack style chairs I’ve seen. Love how you combined paint and stain.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#7 posted 131 days ago

Thank you all for such kind words!

There are a few comments about the color, so I thought I’d clarify that the blue is a solid color outdoor stain. Olympic Maximum, to be precise. It turns out that the color selections for stains are not nearly as inclusive as they are for paints. So this is actually not the blue color that I originally wanted (was hoping for something closer to the SC state flag color), but I really like the way that it turned out.

@hotncold, no… the prints aren’t for effect. It was raining and they’re from when I moved the chair. Wish I would’ve thought of that, though.

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#8 posted 131 days ago

Very nice! I never would have guessed it is your first.

-- Flint Hills, Kansas

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Monty Queen

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#9 posted 131 days ago

Awesome job, for your first project you did a great job. I love the Carolina emblem on the chair. I was born and raised and work in Columbia, I know live in Elgin. One day I will make a couple of those chairs. Keep up the good work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#10 posted 131 days ago

Very nice job! Love the design, color scheme, and the scroll work. The only thing I think would improve it is if you plugged the screw holes so that the screw heads are not visible. Keep up the good work!

-- Spudhogg Woodworks

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#11 posted 131 days ago

Nice job! The blue really highlights the clean pine, makes for a really nice look. I look forward to seeing many more of your projects. Who needs golf anyway? :)

-- I support the 28th Amendment.

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#12 posted 130 days ago

Really nice start. I built that same chair last year.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#13 posted 130 days ago

I always keep threatening to build one of these. Maybe this is the inspiration I need. Really nice job. Like the poly and stain combo. Dang good job with the limited tools. I might have to steal the scroll work idea.

-- Rick

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#14 posted 123 days ago

Nicely done. I like it a lot and I agree with a previous comment – would have never guessed it was your first project. :)

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#15 posted 117 days ago

Home run….on your first at bat! You’re gonna fit right in with the rest of us sawdust fiends. Like the palmetto tree. Im not from sc ….but ive been here for 20 years now…so I guess I am. Great job on your first project.

-- "The difficult I can do right away. .....the impossible will take a little longer! "

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