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Project by Don posted 1816 days ago 8404 views 19 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son has been hounding me for a few years to make him two Adirondack chairs. I told him that as soon as he has a deck built, I’ll build the chairs. Well the so and so went out and got a deck built so I was forced to hit my favourite woodstore again :o)

I got a deal on the wood so I decided to make them our of Hickory. Wouldn’t be my first choice of wood again though for chairs, anyways.

I like the folding aspect of them, especially seeing as I have to drive 6 hours to deliver them…imagine.

3 coats of Verathane using a HVLP and they’re done.

—Pardon the mess in the garage…I mean workshop

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca





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cwdance1

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#1 posted 1816 days ago

Great job, love the wood.

Where did you get the plans?

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Don

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#2 posted 1816 days ago

Thanks. I got the plans from Lee Valley.

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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#3 posted 1816 days ago

Great job, I made 2 out of red oak about a year and a half ago and used spar varnish but it did not hold up in the Florida sun so I sprayed them with exterior paint Lavender and yellow pastel (wife’s choice) but they look good. Wish they were folding so I could have put them away while not in use.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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#4 posted 1816 days ago

Nice chairs Don well done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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DiamondWW

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#5 posted 1816 days ago

Those are real nice chairs. I know your son is very proud of them.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood, only smaller projects.

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michaelray

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#6 posted 1816 days ago

Great looking chairs. I especially like the Hickory.

Why do you say this wouldn’t be your first choice? Was it difficult to work with? I’ve never had the chance to work with Hickory – yet.

-- http://dbcww.wordpress.com

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Don

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#7 posted 1816 days ago

I had originally intended to route with templates using a flush trim bit but between the kicking, bucking and tear outs, I just gave up and went with my bandsaw and belt sander.

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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John Stegall

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#8 posted 1816 days ago

“—Pardon the mess in the garage…I mean workshop”
Mess, what mess? I don’t see any mess. Great looking chairs. I know what you mean about hickory. Looks great, splinters easily (for me anyway).

-- jstegall

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Don

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#9 posted 1816 days ago

Same for me with the splinters, nasty, just nasty.

Scared the crap out of myself a couple of times at the old router table!!!

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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#10 posted 1816 days ago

I dont think I ever saw a folding Adirondack chair…very nicely done.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#11 posted 1816 days ago

oh no you didn’t. i guess you did. man i luv those chairs. i have become a hugh fan of well made folding chairs. and like snowyriver, i’ve never seen an adirondack folding chair, you done good. going to the lee valley site now. .......just visited the lee valley site and they have a line of folding outdoor furniture, but the adirondack is no longer listed. :>(

-- God is Great, Wood is Good. nuff said.

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Max

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#12 posted 1816 days ago

Great chairs, I really like the ability of them folding. I did fine the chair plans on the Lee Valley site and here is the link.
http://www.leevalley.com/garden/page.aspx?c=2&p=44835&cat=2,46162&ap=2

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#13 posted 1815 days ago

Great idea. You’ll be able to sell that.

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

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Blake

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#14 posted 1799 days ago

Those came out great. I’ve never seen folding adirondack chairs either.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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hardwoodflooring

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#15 posted 1767 days ago

Great chains. I like that they can fold up.

-- hardwood, South Carolina, http://www.palmettohardwood.com

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