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Folding Adirondack Chair & Footstool

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Project by DonB posted 11-09-2014 02:21 PM 2133 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good full-sized plans made this task much easier. Veritas Tools Inc, Item 05L05.40 “Adirondack Plus” provided the full-sized plans. Somewhat pricey at $25, but considering the quality, worth the money. The footstool’s plans were from a different set of plans, but the height and width were quite close to the chair. There is an inner frame that the seat slats are attached to – which also provide the leading edge of the slot for the seat back to slide into. Lift up on the seat back and the chair leans forward to fold. Fairly heavy due to the frame support system because some otherwise permanent items must move in a folding chair. The design is good, the upright chair is sturdy. Follow the plans and the seat back fits like a glove. Home made nylon/plastic washers greatly enhance the smoothness of movement so wood-on-wood drag is eliminated. Pictured, it has sanding sealer, Golden Oak stain, shellac. Finish of Spar Varnish will be sprayed once the second chair of the set is finished. Both footstools have been finished with Spar Varnish sprayed with my new Earlex 2901P sprayer. For an inexpensive sprayer, it does a marvelous job. Goes from a minute fog to a “paint your house” full pattern. “No runs, no drips, no errors” as the man said. Last sideways picture shows the His-n-Hers set completed.

-- DonB





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CudaDude

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#1 posted 11-09-2014 11:41 PM

Very nice. I purchased the same chair plans but have yet to make them. Hope mine turns out half as nice as yours did. What wood did you use?

-- Gary

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DonB

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#2 posted 11-10-2014 12:24 PM

Cuda: The footstools were done with Lowes “select” pine. A 3/4×6x6 was almost $14. So for the chairs I switched to regular (search for straight, flat, few knots) boards at $7.33. They cut all those boards from bent, warped trees, so you really have to look for your lumber. I know pine requires maintenance, even with a Spar Varnish finish, but since my granddaughter paid for the wood/hardware, and its for them, they can do the maintenance. A more pleasing to the eye wood would have been nice, but too costly. When you make yours, follow the plans exactly or the back seat rest will be a sloppy fit. You can always sand the side supports down if necessary to have a smooth snug fit. If you did not order the hardware package, I’d rethink that. And don’t forget to make plastic or nylon washers for the three pivot points on each side. Makes all the difference and saves the finish where it would otherwise have rubbed. Have fun..

-- DonB

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CudaDude

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#3 posted 11-10-2014 05:27 PM

Thanks for the info. I did order one hardware package hoping I could match up what I needed for the second chair at the local hardware store.

-- Gary

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Earlextech

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#4 posted 11-10-2014 07:12 PM

I like it!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#5 posted 11-11-2014 11:10 AM

Thanks Sam. Love that Earlex.

-- DonB

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Paul Bucalo

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#6 posted 11-12-2014 03:31 PM


Cuda: The footstools were done with Lowes “select” pine. A 3/4×6x6 was almost $14. So for the chairs I switched to regular (search for straight, flat, few knots) boards at $7.33. They cut all those boards from bent, warped trees, so you really have to look for your lumber. I know pine requires maintenance, even with a Spar Varnish finish, but since my granddaughter paid for the wood/hardware, and its for them, they can do the maintenance. A more pleasing to the eye wood would have been nice, but too costly. When you make yours, follow the plans exactly or the back seat rest will be a sloppy fit. You can always sand the side supports down if necessary to have a smooth snug fit. If you did not order the hardware package, I d rethink that. And don t forget to make plastic or nylon washers for the three pivot points on each side. Makes all the difference and saves the finish where it would otherwise have rubbed. Have fun..

- DonB

Great job. Thanks for the advice.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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Sasha

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#7 posted 02-17-2015 09:31 AM

Good work. Very much it is pleasant to me. Compactly and conveniently. I take a similar chair with myself on the nature when we come out in the wood, to the lake. The last time we were on January 2 in the wood. near the river. Snow dropped out knee-deep, in the wood it is silent, only the woodpecker knocks and the river rustles. I sitting in a chair, on the sun, having wrapped in a fur coat, I FELL ASLEEP. Pleasant memories. Thanks and GOOD LUCK.

-- Ganchik Sasha

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