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Project by anthm27 posted 12-26-2015 02:40 AM 917 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to Build these Adirondack chairs, as it was late in the year thought it apt to make it a Christmas present for my Love. I have been seeing these chairs in the US a lot recently and they are lovely looking chairs and also extremely comfortable.

The Timber I ended up using was some sort of Indonesian Hardwood, I really not sure of the exact species and in actual fact I thought it to be technically a hard Softwood as opposed to a soft Hardwood. (if anyone can help me with the species I would be interested). Good quality dressed timber very hard to get here in Hong Kong, and if anyone has read my other forum topics they will see that at one point I was trying to source timber from Canada, (all too too hard that was)

Picture number 1.

This is the finished product obviously and wrapped in Pink Ribbon for Christmas day.
The plans I used for the chairs are the popular mechanics plans with a couple of very very minor changes.
The plans that are readily available on internet are very very accurate if followed closely.

Picture number 2

My method was to make the templates out of 6mm ply wood, the templates cut out carefully with a jigsaw and planned and sanded to get the accurate finished template piece.
Then with my actual wood pieces I cut them out roughly with a jig saw and clamped the templates to the piece. Using a guide wheel that ran along the template I trimmed them off with this hand held router. As there was lots of clamping it became very labor intensive but my finished pieces came out nice and accurate.

Picture number 3

With all the pieces cut out carefully before assembly I gave them their first coat of decking oil, Ronseal Decking Oil to be exact. The elements are harsh here in Hong Kong with lots of Acid Rain, Choosing the best coating for the chairs was a challenge and hope I got it right with the decking oil.

Picture number 4

To get the chairs assembled in square and without twisting I moved the operation inside to our old dining table.
First I made the backs of the chairs separately. then screwed the fully assembled back pieces to the main styles of the chairs. The screws I ended up using are square drive Silicone Bronze wood screws. lots and lots of re chucking of drill bits and counter sinkers, labor intensive. The screws were very soft and easy to snap so drilling had to be accurate. Um at around 1 dollar US per screw I am told they will never ever rust. Incidentally I assembled the small table first in order to get a good feel for the screws.

Picture number 5

The seat slats go on here and chair is ready for the armrests. Santa’s helper and eventual recipient carefully inspecting the chairs as we go.

Picture number 6

Santa having a rest and a cold beer. One of the changes to the Popular mechanics plan that I made was not to spoil the arm rests with face screws. I simply clamped and glued my armrests together with the buttresses. I did however put a horizontal bolt through the arm rest at the back. The glue may fail in the future and if so I will simply add some screws later. I also made my armrests 50 mm longer than the plan and in hindsight I should have made them 100mm longer.

So that’s my Adirondack project complete, thanks for reading, what’s next I wonder?





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lepelerin

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#1 posted 12-26-2015 05:20 AM

nice chairs, well done. No idea about the wood.

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anthm27

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#2 posted 12-26-2015 05:33 AM

Thanks for your reply,

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lcwood

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#3 posted 12-26-2015 03:46 PM

nice set!

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#4 posted 12-27-2015 02:05 AM

Great looking Adirondack set! Santa looks very comfortable in his!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" James Lawrence, CAPT, USN

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#5 posted 01-01-2016 12:26 AM

Thanks for the comments

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#6 posted 01-27-2016 12:32 AM

Nice job on the chairs !

And picture #4…. You’re a bit like me… and it’s time that we admit to ourselves that we need to buy size 2X shirts from now on. The X-Lge just isn’t cutting it anymore! :-)

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#7 posted 01-27-2016 01:07 AM



Nice job on the chairs !

And picture #4…. You re a bit like me… and it s time that we admit to ourselves that we need to buy size 2X shirts from now on. The X-Lge just isn t cutting it anymore! :-)

- JoeinGa

thanks Joe, yes I built them strong for that reason, let me know if you need the specs,

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builtinbkyn

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#8 posted 01-27-2016 01:13 AM

The last pic is what Adirondack chairs are all about. You captured their essence perfectly. Bravo and nice work!

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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anthm27

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#9 posted 01-27-2016 01:18 AM



The last pic is what Adirondack chairs are all about. You captured their essence perfectly. Bravo and nice work!

- builtinbkyn

Thanks Bill, yes great design of chairs, unfortunately I responsible for the build only not the design

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builtinbkyn

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#10 posted 01-27-2016 01:27 AM

Oh I know the design well. They are classic and you certainly did the design justice in the execution. Then you paid the design homage. It’s what they were meant for ;)

The last pic is what Adirondack chairs are all about. You captured their essence perfectly. Bravo and nice work!

- builtinbkyn

Thanks Bill, yes great design of chairs, unfortunately I responsible for the build only not the design

- anthm27


-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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anthm27

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#11 posted 01-27-2016 01:43 AM



Oh I know the design well. They are classic and you certainly did the design justice in the execution. Then you paid the design homage. It s what they were meant for ;)

Thanks again Bill, actually we experiencing horrible weather here in HK at the moment, Lovie (The Mrs) suggested that we better cover the chairs up. just yesterday we got them custom made covers so they will last a few extra years.
I figured they deserved that as well.

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builtinbkyn

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#12 posted 01-27-2016 01:55 AM

The wood actually looks like white oak. Don’t know if there’s any white oak in Indonesia, but the grain and coloration certainly look like it.

Always wanted to visit HK. Maybe someday.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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anthm27

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#13 posted 01-27-2016 02:04 AM


The wood actually looks like white oak. Don t know if there s any white oak in Indonesia, but the grain and coloration certainly look like it.

Always wanted to visit HK. Maybe someday.

- builtinbkyn

I have since found out that the wood is Not from Indonesia , Just yesterday I had a local Chinese tell me it was Ash from Taiwan, personally I don’t think it is Ash so I plan to go back to the original supplier to get the wood species written in Chinese then I can get it translated my self. So we will wait and see.

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#14 posted 01-27-2016 05:14 AM

G’day antrhm27. Very nice shop….very neat and tidy. Those chairs are beautiful!!!! Looking forward to seeing what your next project will be.

Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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anthm27

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#15 posted 01-28-2016 12:04 AM



G day antrhm27. Very nice shop….very neat and tidy. Those chairs are beautiful!!!! Looking forward to seeing what your next project will be.

Regards,

Cliff.

- Cliff


thanks’ Cliff, will post new project when done.

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