Adirondack Chairs

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Project by danr78 posted 08-06-2014 05:31 AM 1434 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a couple of Adirondack chairs for a charity auction at work. It was a blast because my daughters are old enough to help. They were involved through most of the build—from purchasing the wood to the final assembly. They’re only 3, but they are showing an interest in woodworking…maybe a pair of tool boxes will be my next project???
The chairs are a fun and easy to build. The plans are from Woodcraft and the wood is 5/4 cedar decking material. Sorry I don’t have a better picture of the finished product, but it sure was a lot of fun and I wanted to share it. Thanks for looking.

-- "There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out alll fear." 1 John 4: 18

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#1 posted 08-06-2014 06:16 AM

Despicable, using child labor like that! Actually it looks like a fun time.

-- Dave, from ND "The mind is an infinitely long workbench, and its cluttered with half-finished thoughts and ideas, sometimes we need to clear off the workbench and start again from step one."

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#2 posted 08-06-2014 06:27 AM

Nothing better than a child’s smile ! Good Work ! Nice looking chairs also.

-- Turning fine wood into sawdust !

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#3 posted 08-06-2014 08:53 AM

I so remember days just like this so many years ago

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 10:42 AM

A free ride around the shops,,, so who could forget !!


-- Regards Robert

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#5 posted 08-06-2014 11:59 AM

I see the Boss Ladies had alot of fun, and you got some quality time with the bosses. Great job on the chairs. You never know where this might lead to with them. My daughter grew up in the shop with me, and now has started her own woodworking company.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 08-06-2014 01:22 PM

Fun times and a great project with a great reason to build!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#7 posted 08-07-2014 12:15 AM

Well it looks like you and the rugrats certainly had a lot of fun building these chairs! I’m sure the buyers will be pleased with their purchases!

-- Dean

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#8 posted 08-07-2014 01:38 AM

Love that last pic – big smile like that is something that can’t be bought…. Oh ya… nice chairs too :-)

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#9 posted 08-08-2014 02:58 AM

Which plans did you get from Woodcraft?
I was looking at their site and they have several different sets of plans.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#10 posted 08-08-2014 04:43 AM

Thanks everyone! We are a such strong community.
Robert, yep, twins! It’s still a shock to me sometimes. They are beautiful now at only 3 years old; I think I’ll need to commission a gun cabinet soon:)
Steve, it’s item #149235. My local store actually sells hardboard templates of the same chair. After you round the learning curve on your first time through, it’s pretty easy to make a pair of these in a weekend. I’ve never made a pair to sell, but this was my second pair for auction and both times the winning bidder was right at $300.
Tips I’ve learned making these: a bandsaw and spindle sander are the way to go (the plans advise a pattern bit on a router), nothing less than 1” thick material (the plans call for 3/4” stock…you’ll need to adjust the length of the carriage bolts in the materials list if you go with wider stock). I’ve got four of these chairs in my yard; two are 3/4 inch stock and two are 4/4” stock. The 3/4” are going into the fire pit at the end of the summer. We did get 5 years from them though. It’s a great set of plans! Good luck and feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions during the build.

-- "There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out alll fear." 1 John 4: 18

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#11 posted 08-09-2014 12:23 AM

Dan, I’m curious why the bandsaw and spindle sander worked better for you than a pattern bit. I’ve always found that using a template and pattern bit is much faster than sanding at the spindle sander, and also gives precisely accurate copies of the template. That way all your parts are exactly the same.

For example, if you’re making a pair of chairs, you’ll need four legs. And if you already have the templates from the store, you can knock out the legs quickly, and they’ll all be exactly the same!

Anyway, I’m just asking to learn your experience, not knocking it!!

-- Dean

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#12 posted 08-09-2014 03:18 PM

Very cool! My niece is about that age, but the only time I can keep her in the shop long enough to help with anything is if uncle brandon is fixing one of half a dozen hot rods she has stashed at my house. :P I think if they have an interest, you’re right. A tool box is officially on your agenda!

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