Adirondack Settee

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Project by Dadoo posted 08-23-2009 09:53 PM 6519 views 26 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to build this since I bought the Better Homes and Gardens Great Outdoor Projects magazine back in 2001. I’ve recently come upon some scrap Cyprus from a log cabin being built, so I decided to do this project.

The frame is made of pine and stained with several coats of Cabot’s Deck Stain in Dark Forest Green. The seats and table/armrests are done with the salvaged Cyprus and coated with several coats of Minwax Red Oak stain. I want this to last, so I insured that every square inch is stained and therefore protected. Yes, even the feet! The screws are all deck rated, recessed and the holes plugged with Minwax Wood Putty.

As for the plans…they give you a good idea of the sizes and shapes but that’s where it ends. I found “many” measurement errors, shape errors…hell, I even ended up with 4 extra carriage bolts! (I went over these plans a hundred times and still cannot find out where they go!) I did have to ad-lib where the back slats came in because my supplies were only 2 1/4” wide and the plan called for 5 1/8” widths.

Would I do it again? Sure…Knowing now where the errors are, the next one would be easy.

Is it comfortable? You bet!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#1 posted 08-23-2009 10:56 PM

Very nice settee looks great

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#2 posted 08-23-2009 11:03 PM

very very nice

...great color and material selection

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#3 posted 08-23-2009 11:42 PM

Nice job. It does look comfortable.

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#4 posted 08-23-2009 11:55 PM

That’s got to be the best looking Adirondack chair I’ve ever seen. Beautiful woods and colours. The porch and dog make me want to grab a beer and watch the sunset…

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#5 posted 08-24-2009 12:31 AM

good looking sette, like you Ive had the plan for a long time, I still havnt built. one day, maybe soon seeing your success with it

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#6 posted 08-24-2009 12:32 AM

Dadoo, this looks really good. Adirondack pieces are timeless and are a nice addition to a patio, porch or deck. You did a good job on the construction and finish. Nice color scheme as well.

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#7 posted 08-24-2009 01:01 AM

I cant wait to see the ‘rustic’ beer cooler next to. Great looking sette. It would look really nice in my pool area. Do you mind shipping it?

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#8 posted 08-24-2009 02:24 AM

Very nicely done! /me sees a future gift for the in-laws :)

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#9 posted 08-24-2009 02:25 AM

Cool looking chair.

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#10 posted 08-24-2009 03:40 PM

“Rustic beer cooler”...What a great idea!

I tested several colors of stain on a scrap of Cyprus and as soon as the Red Oak color went on, the grain jumped right off! And the more coats produced a more bloodier color.

Thanx for your comments everybody!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#11 posted 06-10-2012 03:04 PM

Is it possible to get the building plan for this Adirondack Setee? I have searched high and low on B&H magazine’s past issues to no luck. Even if you could tell me the month in 2001, that might help.
I want to build this set so bad. It is beautiful !!
Thanks !

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