Cedar adirondack chairs

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Project by FredIV posted 04-27-2014 11:59 PM 1755 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made a pair of Adirondack chairs for our place in PA. Each comes with a pull-out leg rest that easily slides back underneath the seat. It’s a simple design and was really fun to make. I made templates for each chair part. So now all I have to do is trace and cut and I’m good to go.

I used Benjamin Moore Aborcoat which is water based and is really nice to work with. I finished it with the Arborcoat spar clear finish.

The chairs are made with 5/4 cedar decking from my local lumberyard. I think if I do make additional chairs I might use teak or cypress for no other reason than to change it up.

It was a looooooonnnnggg winter here this year so I can’t wait to put these to use with my morning PA coffee.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 04-28-2014 12:21 AM

Those look nice Fred and I’m sure that will be a nice place to sit and have the morning coffee. I like the pull out rests too.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 04-28-2014 03:01 PM

Great looking chairs. I have to make some of these soon… I like the footreast idea. Were did you find these plans, or are they your own? Great color and finsh choice as well. A+++

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 04-28-2014 07:18 PM

Ken90712. I got the plans from Wood magazine july 2013 issue. It’s pretty straight forward. I made a few customizations but for the most part, I followed the plans. Thanks!!!

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#4 posted 04-28-2014 08:23 PM

great chairs, these are on my list for this summer. I have been looking at several of these and a few with foot rests, but I like the idea of the pull out foot rest. Great job. My son wants a few for his frat at college, so that is my summer project.

-- Tim, Meridian, Idaho

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#5 posted 04-28-2014 09:53 PM

Great chairs Fred! I like the sliding footrest deal

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#6 posted 04-28-2014 10:01 PM

i am looking to make a few of these myself….where did you get the plans. I like the idea of “simple design and was really fun to make”, as well as the pull out foot stools.

-- "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"....Pablo Picasso

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#7 posted 04-28-2014 10:02 PM

I am an idiot….I see now where some asked the same question and you answered it….as Homer would say….”duh!”

-- "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"....Pablo Picasso

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#8 posted 04-30-2014 02:58 AM

Very nice! Buying a house on Bull Shoals Lake in Northern Arkansas and these look like the perfect 1st project for our new place. Thanks for posting and for the plan source info.

-- Complaint without solution is only whining!

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