|Project by Draeger||posted 12-05-2014 03:23 PM||2777 views||21 times favorited||12 comments|
These chairs were finished about a year ago, but this is the project that got me started in woodworking.
A couple of years ago I bought 2 premade Adirondack chairs from a big box store. They turned out to be pure junk…uncomfortable, rickety, and made from cheap pine. I’ve wanted some nice ones, but have been unwilling to throw down the $450-per-chair price tag for the ones I like. I bought a cheep bandsaw from CL and a ridged spindle sander – my first real tools.
I couldn’t find a plan to purchase for chairs that I liked, so I decided that I would design it myself. That turned into the biggest challenge of the project. Roughly copying a picture of a chair that appealed to me from online, I went to work with a French curve set and some cedar fence slats to make a mockup. Getting the dimensions, curves, and angles right was more difficult than planned, but I finally came up with something that I was satisfied with, so I had my template pieces.
As a side note, I found out while working on my mockup that I have a moderate allergy to cedar sawdust. Great! Now what will I build the chairs out of? I decided on redwood, but the only good source I could find near me was 2-by decking lumber. Oh well, I wanted the build to be stout anyway. Might as well be very stout! I know redwood is very soft, but I don’t really plan on moving the chairs around much, so I figured it would be ok.
The chairs finally went together without a great deal of headache, surprisingly, and you can see the result. I finished them with penofin oil as seen in the last pic. After a year in the California sun they are still holding up very well, and my wife and I love them. Oh so comfortable.
Since this project my shop has added a better bandsaw, table saw, drill press, jointer, planer, chop saw, various handheld power tools, and I’m just beginning to dabble with some hand tools. I have far more projects on my want-to-do list than I’ll ever have time for. I should have just paid the $450 for the Adirondack chairs…haha!!!
Thanks for looking…questions and comments welcome.
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