Adirondack Chairs and Table

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Project by Rick Coker posted 05-30-2007 01:04 AM 1855 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our cedar deck needed some chairs to replace the old rockers that we have had for many years. I decided to make them from western cedar using a plan that I saw on New Yankee Workshop. I used stainless hardward and sealed the screws with cedar plugs. My son (age 14) and I designed the side table one afternoon and completed it in one session. It turned out to be a great opportunity to get my children interested in wood working.

Since these two chairs were finished, I have started 2 more for the back deck. They seem to be hits with the family. Not difficult to make (approximately 4 hours each using a pattern I saved when I created the first one).

On the second two chairs, I have increased the horizontal legs dimension to 1-1/8” by milling cedar 2×6. I was worried that the 1×6” boards which created the first two chairs might not be sufficient in the long run. I love the way raw milled cedar looks, so I finished them with Spar Varnish hoping to keep them looking like they just came from the planer.

-- -- Rick Coker

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Bob Babcock

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#1 posted 05-30-2007 01:19 AM

Makes me want to sit and enjoy a lemonade….nice job…I hope the spar varnish works better for you than it did for me. I finished some cedar last year and the varnish/wood layer is oxidzed in spots.

-- Bob

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#2 posted 05-30-2007 01:37 AM

Well done. I’m planning to build some out of cedar. I have the woodcraft plans and templates.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 05-30-2007 02:27 AM

Looks great! Another thing just got added to the list of stuff my Wife wants me to make.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#4 posted 05-30-2007 02:54 AM

I was thinking the same thing, Greg…nice chairs by the way!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 05-30-2007 03:51 AM

wow…i really love the look of the wood…and the side table is nice too—-my step son is 14 and as I get more into the wood working I am hoping he jumps in too…great job!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 05-30-2007 05:40 AM

Beautiful, I just have to make me some adirondack chairs for my patio. I know they are pretty easy to make with a pattern, I have Norm’s pattern too. Thanks for showing them. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 05-30-2007 05:48 AM

Great lookin’ chairs. This is one of my projects for the summer as well, so says the other half.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#8 posted 05-30-2007 06:37 AM

The are great chairs Rick. I know the traditional chairs are painted white, but these look great as is. And a nice matching table too.

I have seen some places that also have Ottomans to match the chairs. Make those and you don’t need a lounger.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 05-30-2007 01:38 PM

so inviting!!
I looked at the pix first and had to back to look at the sweet little table for a second time—and then I read your write-up. Now that sweet little table is even more special!!

Great chairs. Nicely done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 05-31-2007 06:51 PM

Nice looking stuff. I’m looking to make some of these too. Thanks for posting.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 05-31-2007 09:01 PM

Nice looking furniture. Give your son an “A”. Did the plans call for such long bolts on the back of the arms? I would have gone with bolts as short as possible to lessen the chance of someone getting scratched.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#12 posted 07-20-2007 02:13 AM

Very comfortable looking…great project to get your sons involved with.

I hope the spar varnish works for you. I had a lot of oxidation at the wood/finish interface when I used it on some eastern cedar.

-- Bob

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