Grandpa Adirondack Chair for Dad

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Project by xmargman posted 02-25-2016 05:00 PM 852 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first larger project. Prior to this I made a cutting board and some wine boxes out of pallet wood. I figured a Adirondack chair was the next step up. All you LJ’s out there make it look so easy. : ) I have a long ways to go.

This is the Grandpa version of the Adirondack chair. It was a special gift for my Dad’s 75th birthday. I used rough cut cedar from a local saw mill. (First time doing that). I was inspired by LJ (BenchDawg) in his use of Epifanes Varnish finish on his chairs. I followed what he did and was happy with the finish I achieved. I need to do a better job of taking pictures. The finish really made the Cedar look great. Amazing how many things you can learn on one project.

I do want to thank so many of you at LJ’s. Most of you have no idea how much your posts and comments to other posts have helped me learn so much about this hobby. Thank you for all the inspiration.

On a side note: We all learn from every project… This is actually the second chair I made. The problem was the first chair upon delivering it to my dad never made it to its destination. A big gust a wind took it right out of the back of my truck and was destroyed as it tumbled down the highway at 60 MPH. I know I know… check the tie downs. Always nice when you preach something to your kids for years and then it happens to you.

-- Frank, Nebraska

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#1 posted 02-25-2016 05:13 PM

thats a great looking chair man you did good and as they say the longest journey begins with the first step and youve takin yours.wood working is something i have been doing for over 45 years and hopefully until my last breath, and im still learning with every project.lj’s has been a great source of knowlege and inspiration for me also.just keep going and thanks for sharing.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 02-25-2016 10:40 PM

Nice chair, looks great! extra points for owning-up to the “first chair”.

-- Jack "No plan survives contact with the enemy" (Helmuth von Moltke the Elder)... In my case, the enemy is often my lumber rack

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#3 posted 02-26-2016 12:43 AM

Great looking Adirondack! I’m sure your dad will spend many enjoyable hours in it!

-- Dean

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#4 posted 02-26-2016 02:07 PM

Thats a great looking chair. I’ve made several of those myself and plan to try selling a few when this spring/summer. And since I’m not on here much, I may need to look at the Epifanes Varnish. Thats a nice color.

I tend to leave mine unfinished and build them out of rough white (non-red) cedar.

-- I aspire to be a novice woodworker...

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#5 posted 02-26-2016 03:41 PM

Too bad you lost the first one. But the 2nd one looks fantastic. No doubt Dad liked it !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 08-24-2016 05:50 PM

thanks everyone for you encouragement and kind words.

-- Frank, Nebraska

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