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Project by Thepps posted 1895 days ago 4462 views 35 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished building these two chairs just in time for my wife’s birthday. She was pretty excited as they replace a cheap, broken, plastic adirondack chair. We can finally enjoy our back deck a little more.

They are constructed entirely out of Jatoba, which if I might add, is a beautiful wood. This was the first time I used it and I am very happy with it’s outcome. It is a very hard wood, but not too much more difficult to work with than hard maple. I found a picture of these chairs online, and I built these as duplicates. They fold up for easy storage inside in the winter as we get a lot of snow in Michigan.

I finished it with 6 coats of teak oil. The oil really brought out the color and livened it up. I’ll probably wipe on a new coat or two every year to keep the color.

I’m curious to see how much darker they will become from sitting in the sun in the next few months.

Update – March 2012
It’s been about 3 years since I’ve built these. Still look great. Hardly any cracking. I absolutely love this wood. But, for the past year and a half, they have sat in a covered, screened in porch. So the elements have not had much of a chance to take effect in that time. I have also not oiled them ever since I placed them in the porch. They are in need of some teak oil. They will look brand new after that.

Thanks for looking

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL





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wpreman

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#1 posted 1895 days ago

I really like the finish, you did a great job on these!

-- Bill, Florida

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John Stegall

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#2 posted 1895 days ago

The picture with it folded looks like it is bowing to your skill as a woodworker. May I just say it did the right thing. Beautiful!

-- jstegall

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1895 days ago

super job I bet they will last a long time,Well done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Thepps

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#4 posted 1895 days ago

Ha, that’s pretty funny John. It does kind of look like it’s bowing down.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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Glenn

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#5 posted 1895 days ago

Great job! I’m currently building some Adirondack chairs myself and hope they turn out 1/2 as good. Sure wish I had seen the plans for those before I started.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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Kindlingmaker

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#6 posted 1895 days ago

YES YES YES Just what I have been looking for! You Did a great job! They are beautiful!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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daveintexas

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#7 posted 1895 days ago

Wonderful looking chairs. And very timley I might add. Since I too am in the middle of constructing some Adirondack chairs. Mine are being built out of hickory, then probally stained/painted.
I really like yours out of the Jatoba.

Thanks for posting

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stefang

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#8 posted 1895 days ago

Beautiful chairs and workmanship. I can see why your wife is so happy with them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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kerflesss

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#9 posted 1895 days ago

Really nice!!! Comfortable I’ll bet…. Very curious about how your finish holds up and wood may darken. Please do a follow up. Would be nice to find out. Whens the matching table gonna be finished?

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ratchet

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#10 posted 1895 days ago

Abso-freakin-lutely nice! Best Ad. chairs i’ve seen to date. That they fold is a bonus.
Favorited for future ref.
Thanks a mil for sharing w us!

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Mario

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#11 posted 1895 days ago

Great looking chairs. Nice work and nice looking wood also.

Thanks for posting.

-- Hope Never fails

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LesB

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#12 posted 1895 days ago

Best looking Adirondack chairs I have seen and I especially like the fold for storage feature.

The teak oil finish will probably need a cleaning with oxalic acid every couple of years to brighten up the wood. That is what they do to teak on fancy boats. Because boats are out in the weather all year the teak is scrubbed annually with “teak cleaner” and oxalic acid, rinsed and then re-oiled. You can get the cleaner at any boat chandlery.

-- Les B, Oregon

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SteveB

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#13 posted 1895 days ago

That’s a great looking job.

Would you share your plans?

-- Steve B - New Life Home Improvement

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CharlieM1958

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#14 posted 1895 days ago

These are absolutely stunning!

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

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FrankLad

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#15 posted 1895 days ago

Fantastic job! I agree about the wood… rich and beautiful. They look quite comfortable, too!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com

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