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Cedar Adirondack Chairs

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Project by duckmilk posted 01-23-2015 05:44 PM 1209 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These chairs were started in mid October for my wife’s BD in late November. Needless to say, the deadline was not met.
I used native cedar cut by a local sawmill and milled the parts using both machines and hand tools. The boards for the back slats are bookmatched pieces which looked like animal faces.

A construction plan was downloaded from the internet, but it was lacking in some measurements, plus I altered the design to my liking. They ended up with a very comfortable curve to the seat and back and a nice drop to the arms. The arm rests were cut to form a 10 degree drop and splined back together. A lot of the time was spent figuring out curves and the best way to cut them, spacing of slats to show off the patterns best, and altering the revised plan to make things work.

This cedar is hard to handplane due to numerous knots and changing grain around them.

The dog really liked the shavings on that cold floor.

The cedar also wanted to split chunks off at vital places requiring a flexible epoxy glue to fill splits as much as was possible.


An example where a whole side of an arm split off.

A plywood mock-up was made to get the shape for the footstools. That construction was simple compared to the chairs. A small table was last.

Finish started with a blo & turpentine mixture, followed by the same with the addition of beeswax. One thing I learned about the final mixture is it doesn’t like to be applied under cold conditions. Even when heated in a water bath, the wax just smeared around and left brush marks when it hit the cold wood. The use of a heat gun helped to some degree, but was time consuming. What worked best was waiting (and waiting, and…) for a sunny day, putting the chairs out and letting the wood warm.

Thanks for viewing :)
Mike

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef





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putty

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#1 posted 01-23-2015 05:55 PM

Nice work Duckman, Looks comfortable and inviting, I’ll have to come visit and drink a cold beer with you in those chairs.

Bet that barn dog smells better!! heeler mix?

-- Putty

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 05:56 PM

They look great. The grain pattern is nice in the seat backs.

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#3 posted 01-23-2015 07:49 PM

Thanks Putty, what kind of beer do you like? You can visit anytime, it ain’t that far. We think heeler aussie mix.

Much appreciated Shane, although they are pretty rough compared to some of your stuff :)

Now, why did this post appear twice on my homepage? Auggie left a comment on the other one>

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#4 posted 01-23-2015 09:48 PM

Duck, Any kind as long as it’s free…LOL You ever make it over to Clarks Outpost for BBQ?

-- Putty

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#5 posted 01-23-2015 10:00 PM

The wife’s not too crazy about Clark’s though I don’t have anything against it. Used to go there for the calf fries aka mountain oysters…mmmm

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#6 posted 01-24-2015 12:09 AM



Nice work
Bud
Someday I wish I can handle a wood like that!
Here were I stay I don t get that at all.
Love that chair design
It looks and feel comfortable.
And also I have to post my dog too
They love to lay on wood shaving.

- August McCormick Lehman III

Auggie, I moved your comment to here so they can delete the duplicate. And again, my skills could not stand next to yours :)

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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August McCormick Lehman III

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#7 posted 01-24-2015 01:00 AM

Don’t know what happen there?
No remember I’m only 1year old as a wannabe woodworker
I really do love that design
I sat on those at some outdoor restaurant and I did not want to get up

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#8 posted 01-24-2015 01:03 AM

Great looking set of Adirondack furniture! You’ll get a lot of use out of them—and I’ll bet they smell great!

-- Dean

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duckmilk

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#9 posted 01-24-2015 01:14 AM

Auggie, they are going to delete the other duplicate, so I moved your comment. You are welcome to come down and sit your butt in these anytime. And shoot some rifles?

Hi Dean, the shavings still probably smell good, but with the blo and beeswax, the chairs don’t. I wanted the wax for some protection, although it will not prevent fading or greying. It’s like these look better now than anytime in the future, indoors, that may not be the case. Thanks for looking!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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duckmilk

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#10 posted 01-26-2015 11:46 PM

Finally, It’s up and running like it should. It confused us a while, but many thanks to Cricket, it got done!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#11 posted 03-25-2015 04:23 AM

Nice pattern
One looks like the creature in John Carter
The other like Speilberg’s ET
Beautiful project!
Keep posting as many of your projects

-- shuja

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