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Project by thedude50 posted 06-02-2014 03:18 PM 818 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When Daniel and I started working together we only had a few power-tools. I had a small table saw and a band saw that was a bench top model I had a lot of hand tools but the shop was lacking sorely. We picked norms design made a few modifications and went with what we called the Old Hippy chair. The chairs were sold complete or in kits that the customers assembled. That meant that everything had to be identical no variance so if some part was broken or damaged we could ship the replacement . We often made these in batches of fifty chairs at a time we used Red wood to make the chairs we started with 1×12 rough sawn boards. We purchased a dewalt 732 plainer as it was supposed to be the best planer in its class and we used it to plain thousands of board feet of redwood We also made a table and foot stools and later we made a love seat and a settle with two chairs and a table mounted in the middle of the chairs they all sold well we did this till Daniel moved to Portland and we split everything up. These chairs paid for most of the tools in my shop and were the foundation of my business I preferred to make indoor furniture but this stuff sold like hotcakes and you cant always pick what the public wants to buy so you give them what they want and cherish the builds you like to do more. I just found these photos in an ol;d album and decided to share them with you all hope you like the photos and the chairs

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 06-02-2014 04:01 PM

COOL story!

Where did you BUY 1×12 rough Redwood?!

Sounds like a cool job! Why couldn’t you do it again? just by yourself if need be?

WOW! 50 chairs per batch!

What a way to go!

Sounds like it would take lot of room just to keep all of the parts straight & stacked! LOL

The problem I have had with adirondack chairs is the BUTT Back always seems to be SO LOW that it makes it hard for me to GET OUT of them! :) LOL … That’s what happens when you have a FAT BUTT! LOL

Thanks for the post!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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thedude50

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#2 posted 06-02-2014 05:10 PM

Joe I went to several lumber yards for the wood this was a long time ago so I don’t know if the wood can be had for anywhere near the price we could get the wood for back then however I am about to try to do this again In fact I am looking for my pasterns in the shop. I need to get a steady paycheck some how I cant work 12 hour shifts with my bad back so I will try to make this work again they are so easy to build.

On the getting out of the chair I found this design was much easier than several others the seat height is higher and the seat slope is less than many other designs I am going to try to make some from ippie and maybe cyprus or some other rot resistant wood some of the chairs we made over 20 years ago are still in use amazing if you ask me I thought 10 years would be it but my sister in law still has a chair we built over 20 years ago and they have been on her deck the whole time.

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 06-02-2014 07:53 PM

Nice chairs. I had planned to make some folding ones and I wanted the seat height 2-3” higher than standard because us old guys can’t get out of those low ones!!

Thanks for sharing….........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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ohwoodeye

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#4 posted 06-02-2014 09:55 PM

I made several out of the composite deck material…....including his love seat version.
I am very happy with them and pretty much will only make them out of this material from now on. They are very heavy and will probably last forever with little maintenance….....just scrubbed down once a year to remove mildew etc. Not bad for staying outside in cold Wisconsin winters covered in snow. Love the look of Cedar but they are just too hard to keep pretty in Wisconsin.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Mean_Dean

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#5 posted 06-03-2014 12:20 AM

Well, ya certainly did Norm proud!

-- Dean

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 06-03-2014 03:58 AM

Dude...

Sounds good…

Did you use stainless steel hardware on them?

Hope you find your patterns…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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thedude50

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#7 posted 06-04-2014 07:56 PM

Joe originally we use zinc plated but later went to stainless

Mike what thickness of composite did you use and what brand might be worth looking into

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 06-05-2014 12:24 AM

I was wondering… would Redwood fence material work? (or Cedar?)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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thedude50

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#9 posted 06-07-2014 02:00 AM

yes if you can get it thick enough it works just fine

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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