Norm's Adirondack's - Mostly...

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Project by Matt posted 04-01-2016 01:16 AM 1427 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here is the latest pair of Norm’s chairs (mostly – I wasn’t able to get the full size plans so it’s based on trying my best to use the plans out of a woodworking mag article and I’m sure there are dimensions that are different. ) The set that has no finish is chairs 5 & 6 made of Cypress. Chairs 3 & 4 were out of Toasted Poplar (the assembly pic is all that I have) and have been given as gifts to the inlaws and the red ones in the background are the first ones I made out of pine last summer. They sit a little higher than a normal Adirondack chair and are pretty darn comfy. The toasted poplar has a great color and they made some happy inlaws! The Cypress ones I’m going to leave unfinished and let the weather do it’s job making them pretty (in a grayish way). I learned the hard way on the first two chairs that they BARELY fit out my shop door fully assembled so I to make life easier, all the slats were installed outside.

-- My "projects" always look better with beer goggles.

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#1 posted 04-01-2016 02:22 PM

Very nice. I’ve built a couple of these myself and they are very comfortable.

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#2 posted 04-01-2016 08:08 PM

Very nice!

One of my first projects was making 2 of these with pine. Later I built 2 more with ipe. I think the ipe chairs will outlast me. They are incredibly hard and heavy.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#3 posted 04-01-2016 11:56 PM

Great looking Adirondacks!

By the way, Norm has a book out with the complete plans for this chair—your local library probably has it.

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

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#4 posted 04-02-2016 12:00 AM

I made a set of these 20 some years ago out of 1 by cedar and still have them. Mine did get wobbly in a side to side fashion and I put a couple of metal cross straps across the back (they were metal strapping for bridging floor joists).

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#5 posted 04-02-2016 01:22 AM

Very nice! I have the plans and hope to make them this summer!

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#6 posted 04-02-2016 04:55 AM

Thanks for the positive comments. After 6 of them I’m looking for a little something different (4 in the last month) but they are super comfy and pretty easy to make. Good luck this summer chad! The Cypress I used on the last set seem the most sturdy, the Toasted poplar (while hard to work with – brittle is the word I’d use to describe it) are also pretty solid once put together and the color is outstanding. The pine – well they’re still holding up, but I don’t imagine they’ll give me much more than a few years of frequent use. Thanks for the positive comments again everyone!

-- My "projects" always look better with beer goggles.

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