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Project by Mark Wilson posted 08-02-2015 10:13 PM 980 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this, my first Adirondack effort, in March of last year. From design (my own) to finish, I spent nine weeks on this thing. It’s on the porch with a for sale sign on it, that I attached to it almost a year-and-a-half ago. Part of the reason it took so long – at least half of the time was in designing it – is that I find the typical Adirondack style rather boring, kinda cookie-cutter. So, mine had to be different. And, different it is. Just as different as all the rest. It’s so different, it inspires diffidence. I knew nothing about the style when I started. So I looked at a lot of pictures – I can’t tell you how many different Adirondacks there are out there -, built a model to get the proportions, and lost sleep over it it for nine weeks. There it is. On the porch.

Stop whining.

I’m not whiiiiiniiiing.

The back is made of planed-smooth Cedar gate palings. The rest is Douglas Fir. No metal.

-- Mark





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Karson

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#1 posted 08-02-2015 10:41 PM

My father made some Adirondack chairs when we lived in Canada, 60 years ago. he brought his saw jigs to the USA in 1955. He then made a few more in this country. He then got asked to make some child size. So he redesigned they for smaller size. When he passed I got those old jigs and I’ve carried them around for 20 years. Maybe some day i’ll dig them out and make some for us.

Nice job

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#2 posted 08-03-2015 12:22 AM

Really cool. I love the different back design

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#3 posted 08-03-2015 12:47 AM

Definitely a different design, will look good sitting on a porch. Maybe a larger for sale sign might move it.
Nice work Mark.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#4 posted 08-03-2015 01:01 AM

great design Mark, nice work mate.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 08-03-2015 02:53 AM

I like the design on this chair the best. Just seems to have that comfortable look to it. Great job on the building.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 08-03-2015 08:03 AM



Definitely a different design, will look good sitting on a porch. Maybe a larger for sale sign might move it.
Nice work Mark.

- Bob Collins

For two months after I finished it, I sat it out by the curb. One person – one – stopped her car and asked how much I wanted for it. I said, “A couple hundred bucks”. She shook her head and drove off, without even giving me the chance to ask her how much she thought 9 weeks of my life are worth.

Thank you all, very much. And yes. It is a very comfy chair, if a little low to the ground. But, that’s what a Adirondack is all about, innit? Keeping your tukus up out of the sand and keeping the ground close enough to set your book down whilst you sip your mint julep.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 08-03-2015 01:18 PM

nice looking

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#8 posted 08-03-2015 09:36 PM

Very unique design, Mark. I like it a lot!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 08-03-2015 11:57 PM

Great looking Adirondack! I like the backrest—kind of funky/whimsical thing going on!

-- Dean

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#10 posted 08-05-2015 05:52 PM

Mark,

This is a unique derivation on the Adirondack chair. It got her attention , just wrong place, wrong time? If you want to sell it, can you check out some galleries in your area? Or try Etsy?

Looks like natures curves are influencing your designs?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Mark Wilson

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#11 posted 08-05-2015 08:35 PM



Mark,

This is a unique derivation on the Adirondack chair. It got her attention , just wrong place, wrong time? If you want to sell it, can you check out some galleries in your area? Or try Etsy?

Looks like natures curves are influencing your designs?

- DocSavage45 I had an Etsy Store for upwards of a year and got no traffic, to speak of. My current Site isn’t any better. I also tried Craig’s List and Ebay. Local Galleries, there are none that would even consider this worthy of their space. Thanks for the compliment. The feedback i get here is valuable to me in ways I’m not even conscious of yet. As to my designs: I deliberately eschew straight lines. There are no straight lines in nature (even a beam of light curves, given enough time). In case no one noticed, the two intermediate back slats are reversed from my intended trajectory. That is, the left is supposed to be right and vice versa. I meant to create a flowing curve from the top down along the sides. If you can imagine them turned around, you’ll see that that point on those two slats would have lined up with the points at the top of the outer slats, making an uninterrupted flow. I suppose I could still drill out the pegs and reverse them.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 08-14-2015 03:03 PM

Finaly someone thinking ’’out of Adirindak’’ standard version.Beautiful chair.I must study your chairs with more attention to figure all details.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 08-28-2015 01:52 PM

I like it albeit I think the arms should be a bit wider.

-- Gary, Florida

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