Adirondack Chair

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Project by ChrisN posted 08-15-2009 07:57 PM 1931 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, It’s finally done…or pretty much done. I still need to plug a couple of screw holes and then determine whether or not to finish it. The wood is Cypress, the plans and templates came from WoodCraft. My youngest says it’s the most comfortable chair he’s ever sat in. He also says I’m the best chair maker he knows…then quickly follows that up with the fact that I’m the only chair maker he knows…a wise a## at 7…

This was probably the first large project I ever did, I have wood roughed out for #2, but wanted to get one done so that I could apply what I learned to a better #2.

Anyone have any thoughts as to whether or not I should finish this with anything? I understand that cypress will lest forever even when not finished and weather to a pewter grey.

Thanks for looking

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#1 posted 08-16-2009 03:11 AM

Nice looking chair!

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#2 posted 08-16-2009 03:53 AM

Looks great from here. Just need a porch to put it on. good build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#3 posted 08-16-2009 05:20 AM

Love this chair!

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#4 posted 08-16-2009 05:25 AM

Great chair Chris

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#5 posted 08-17-2009 04:38 AM

Great looking chairs. Unless you want the chairs to go gray as quickly as possible, I would finish it with a neutral deck stain. These finishes have UV filters that will slow down the natural oxidization of the wood, while enhancing the grain and color of the wood. Because they are stains, there is no build up to flake or peal, so refinishing is easy. Most manufactures have a good deck stain.I have had good success with Superdeck Natural finish.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#6 posted 08-25-2009 06:59 PM

I finish mine with Penofin. Any transparent or tinted finish would look good and still show the grain better than stain. Nice build!

-- Worry does not empty tomorrow of it's sorrow, it empties today of it's strength.

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#7 posted 01-21-2010 12:05 AM

That is a nice chair and the Adirondack is a very comfortable chair. I’ve built a few childrens’ chairs like this, but have yet to do a full size one. I have a plan in my shop. I hope it turns out as good as yours.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 06-28-2011 04:22 PM

This is actually Norm Abrahm’s design and a REALLY nice one!

I make and sell a bunch of these during the year and they are very popular and very comfy!

Great job!


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#9 posted 12-24-2011 04:58 AM

Nice looking chair . I wish I had thought of your motto , I laughed so hard when I read it .

-- Anybody can break something it takes skill to make or repair stuff .

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