Adirondack chair

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Project by shopdog posted 1863 days ago 2889 views 22 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted an adirondack chair for the dock. Built entirely out of Ipe, and finished with tung oil. I used the plan from Wood magazine #149.

-- Steve--

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#1 posted 1863 days ago

great chair…love the design…and the best part is you got a swim in…who is taking the picture?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 1863 days ago

I took the picture…that’s my black lab swimming in the lake.

-- Steve--

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#3 posted 1863 days ago

Beautiful design , very well done.

Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Not my woodworking

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#4 posted 1863 days ago

lol…i was joking that the dog was YOU…since your name is SHOP-DOG…some day when we are ready for a dog…I would love a lab…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 1863 days ago

That chair looks very comfortable. I can envision a dip in the lake followed by a cold beer, a baited hook, and a sit down in the adirondack chair. Nice work.

-- TheQueTip, Round Rock Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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#6 posted 1863 days ago

The chair does look good.

With it built with Ipe, it should last forever.

-- Kirk H. --

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#7 posted 1863 days ago

Super Chair Steve.That must be a heavy chair.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 1862 days ago

Very nice! Ipe is a great wood selection for outdoor furniture. How did you like all of that yellow sawdust? I last used Ipe over a year ago, and it’s still all over my tools.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#9 posted 1862 days ago

Thanks for all the nice comments.

My tools and I are used to Ipe dust. I’m a deck builder, and all of my decks are Ipe. I have Ipe running thru my veins. That’s why I build my side projects out of Ipe…because of all the scraps that are crowding my small shop.

-- Steve--

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#10 posted 1861 days ago

Nice, very nice take on the classic design. I dig the motif and material too. Nice indeed.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#11 posted 1746 days ago

I have been seeing so many of these chairs, I love this one!

-- Janice

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#12 posted 1740 days ago

Great looking chair. How many blades did you go through working with that ipe?

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me

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#13 posted 1740 days ago

Ipe is hard, but if you have good carbide blades, it’s no problem. I build about 20-30 Ipe decks every year, and I mostly use my Makita SCMS with a 10” Forrest Chopmaster for every crosscut. I only sharpen that blade once a year. I roundover every crosscut using my Bosch Colt with a 3/16” radius bit (Lee Valley). Those are good for a year or more. Bosch jigsaw blades do lose their edge quickly when ripping. Ipe is fun to work with, if you don’t mind the sawdust.

-- Steve--

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#14 posted 1683 days ago

Classy. I like the design and you did a great job with it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#15 posted 1235 days ago

Very nice job.

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