Adirondack Chair

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Project by Dudley posted 11-25-2009 11:01 PM 2480 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got a 2’x4’ sheet of MDF and traced a pattern on it. Cut the pieces out. Went to Home Depot and got some 3/4 S1S2E eastern white cedar. Traced the patterns on the cedar and cut them out and sanded. Assembled with S/S carriage bolts, deck screws and wood glue. This is for the little lady. AND, I’m havin fun too.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#1 posted 11-25-2009 11:19 PM

Gotta love those Adirondak chairs. Nice job!

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#2 posted 11-25-2009 11:20 PM

Nice…where did you get the design from?

Hope she likes them…are you going to put on a finish?

-- "Safety is habit you start and always keep!"

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#3 posted 11-25-2009 11:37 PM

Woodenships: Home Depot has the pattern. I havn’t decided weather to clear coat or not. TKS

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#4 posted 11-26-2009 12:08 AM

Looks like a comfy chair. Great job.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 11-26-2009 12:35 AM

Sorry to burst the Lumber Jocks bubble, ie I never see any criticism, but this design is horrible. Norm Abrams has a much better design in his book. What I am referring to is the support of the back. Unnecessary and ugly is what is pictured above. Adirondack chairs are remarkably comfortable, strong, and pleasing to the eye if you don’t use this style back support. Norm’s design is much cleaner, and stronger. My opinion, god bless America and the soldiers the gives me the right to voice it.

-- Integrity is who we are when no one else is watching.

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#6 posted 11-26-2009 01:38 AM

Well I guess he told me. Maby I better go out to my shop tomorrow and burn the lousy chair.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#7 posted 11-26-2009 01:47 AM

Howdy Dudley,

That looks like a MIGHTY FINE chair to sit back and relax in, and very well put together. Does your HD carry the SS carriage bolts? Mine down here doesn’t stock em so I use the galvanized bolts. I still build a few chairs from left over fence boards, pre-weathered.

Thanks for your service! God Bless our Veterans!!

-- James

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#8 posted 11-26-2009 01:51 AM

Yes our HD carries a full line of S/S. Thanks.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#9 posted 11-26-2009 02:23 AM

Hi Dudley,

I find Adirondack chairs to be very comfortable. I hope to build one (or more) someday. Looks like you did a great job!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 11-26-2009 02:30 AM

Dudley, I laughed out loud (literally) when i read your response to the criticism about your chair. I have made a few chairs from Norm’s plans and while I do like the looks of his design, it takes nothing away from the craftsmanship and look of your chair. In my limited years of woodworking for others, I’ve learned the only opinion that counts is the one who pays the bill. I’m sure your little lady loves it. Great job!

-- dan "insert pithy woodworking coment here"

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#11 posted 11-26-2009 02:50 AM

Hey Dudley,
That chair kicks butt!

And I bet the little lady loves it too!!!

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#12 posted 11-26-2009 03:09 AM

Looks pretty good to me. For what it’s worth, the ship’s motto of the USS Tunny is “Illegitimi non carborundum”, which may apply in this situation.

I’m wondering if you or anyone else has any thoughts on the actual strength of this wood; I know it’s considered “durable” i.e. for outdoor use, it’s just that it seems lightweight, splitty & splintery. I would hate to make the set of adirondack chairs I need if it won’t stand up to my brother’s big butt. Maybe use thicker stock? thanks, all.

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#13 posted 11-26-2009 03:16 AM

It looks Great, Dudley!! It might interest you to know, that when that young Roy Underhill built his version, it looked almost exactly like yours!! Though yours is, I’m sure, a good deal stronger… He only nailed his together…
Nice Job, my Friend!! And have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#14 posted 11-26-2009 03:24 AM

Lomecevak: No I won’t let um grind me down. I experienced practically no splintering and while it is light weight, it is strong. The Janka hardness test for white cedar is 900. All the pines are less than that. Thanks.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#15 posted 11-26-2009 03:26 AM

I do so love “stirring the pot”, because it is amazing what churns to the top.
Police Officers,
Everything and everyone else.

Dudley, you did a great job, and I would be proud to sit my fat/rich/free American ass in your chair, in fact, I’ll bring the drink, I just voicing my opinion on a design, and design is relative. The workmanship however is top notch.

-- Integrity is who we are when no one else is watching.

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