Cedar Adirondack Chairs

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Project by JoeC61 posted 04-09-2009 12:06 PM 2146 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these 2 chairs as a gift to some friends of ours. One chair has a small moon cut into the center back, the other a star. Cutting exactly sized back slats has proven to be tricky for me. I use a “precision taper jig” but it is not desireable. I think I could design something that works better. If anyone has any ideas please comment. Thanks.

-- Joe-Carver, MN

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#1 posted 04-09-2009 02:04 PM

These chairs look nice! Very clean… Are they comfortable? And why do they call them Adirondack chairs… do they come from that area or something?

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#2 posted 04-09-2009 02:17 PM

Are they nappable?

Maybe you could make a template. Cut them close to size and then use a router and pattern bit.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#3 posted 04-09-2009 02:25 PM

Those are some fine looking chairs. I enjoy the Adirondack chair. Yes, it has something to do with the region and the popularity of the chairs when part of America started to see the Adirondacks as the ideal getaway for the summer. Something like that, I think.

BTW, I’ve had some trouble finding decent cedar stock here in Texas (there’s quite a bit, but it’s mostly for fencing). Any ideas, hints, or suggestions?

-- Jim

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#4 posted 04-09-2009 02:28 PM

Very cool looking Adarondack chairs look very comfy.

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

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#5 posted 04-09-2009 02:49 PM

Jim B:
Have you considered cypress? It is available here in Texas and makes good Adirondacks. Also white oak.

-- jstegall

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#6 posted 04-09-2009 04:13 PM

Really very nice Adirondack chairs!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 04-09-2009 04:29 PM

Good looking Adirondacks!

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

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#8 posted 04-13-2009 02:23 AM

Thanks for the nice comments everyone. Jim B, I haven’t tried cyprus, not sure how available it is around Minnesota. Waldschrat, here’s a brief history of the adirondack chair.
They’re very popular here in MN as well, since a lot of people own cabins and also they’re just nice for sitting around a fire pit in the back yard on cool nights.

-- Joe-Carver, MN

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