Adirondack Chairs, given another 25 years.

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Project by Eric posted 05-25-2016 11:02 AM 1203 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 25 years ago, I built a few adirondack chairs with a friend, a give to another friend as a house warming gift. This was my first wood working experience. Then I went home, with a borrowed table top table saw, and built my first chair out of red wood. The following year I built 3 more out of cedar decking. These chairs had fallen into disrepair over the years. Many times over the last few years I just about broke them up and threw them on the fire.

This summer I have been slowing dismantling our deck and re-surfacing the wood and re-installing it. My wife thought I should try the same with chairs. So, I took apart the red wood chair, ran each piece through the planner, only surfacing 2 sides and leaving the edges alone. Then put of coat of Penofin and put the all back together. The results were totally unexpected. I have finished 2 of 3 cedar chairs so far. I have a pile of white oak that I have been planning to build new chairs following the plans from the Wood Whisperer site.

Thanks for looking and let me know what you think. Eric

-- Eric "That's all very well and human, but when will you stop having to apologize and start doing your very best you can? When will you begin?"

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#1 posted 05-25-2016 11:32 AM

Those turned out really well now they have a nice rustic look rather than old grey weathered look. Nice job!

-- Andy Smith

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#2 posted 05-25-2016 01:06 PM

Nice work. . . . I just reclaimed two of my own chairs. Replaced a bunch of weathered wood. I expect that since I use Home Depot cull woods to build them – soft pine!!! My redwood hanging chair is going on 20 years now and I never touch it . . . that wood is always resistant to weather and bugs. I do have a question. I don’t know about Penofin . . . what does that do for your chairs?

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#3 posted 05-25-2016 01:22 PM

Good job. As an FYI – I built 2 Adirondack chairs 18 years ago out of ipe. They have been outside since they were built and they still look as good as when they were new. They will outlive me.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#4 posted 05-25-2016 06:49 PM

Cool chairs. Way cooler than if new. Obvs look way better than they did.

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#5 posted 05-26-2016 12:07 AM

Very nice save of these old Adirondacks! It’s great that you gave them new life, and that they will be enjoyed for another 25 years!

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

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