Most expensive Adirondack chair

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Project by dgreen50 posted 05-31-2016 06:50 PM 4357 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most of my projects are small such as boxes, banks and decorative items because I do not have the space or ability to complete large heavy projects. However, I have always wanted to make an Adirondack chair. So I decided to make me a new Adirondack chair in time to use for Memorial Day. However, it is the most expensive outdoor chair ever. First of all it is made from mesquite wood and walnut. Most of the mesquite came from a friend’s South Texas ranch. The walnut is some I had left over from various projects. The finish is varnish. All the screws used to attach the arms are plugged and sanded flush. The boards for the seat are doweled to the frame members So the wood themselves make this an expensive chair. But to further add to the expense, I managed to cut my hand with a hand saw while flush cutting the dowels (don’t ask how – my stupidity) which required a trip to the ER to get stitches. Nothing real serious, but need stitches to close the cut —those flush-cut hand saws are really sharp. The bill for that makes this the expensive chair I own!

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#1 posted 05-31-2016 07:25 PM

as beautiful as that chair looks you paid a hard price to get it,but you did a great job.only thing is every time you sit in it the memory of that cut is gonna pop up.

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

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#2 posted 05-31-2016 08:54 PM

Expensive and beautiful.

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#3 posted 05-31-2016 09:43 PM

Beautiful chair alright! Good place to relax and take time for a little R&R while the cut heals.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 05-31-2016 10:51 PM

Nice looking chair – the mesquite and walnut make a good match. Glad there was no permanent damage done – we all put blood, sweat, and tears into our projects, – I never complain about the sweat and tears as long as they keep the blood to a minimum.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 05-31-2016 11:45 PM

When it comes to blood, sweat and tears, I guess this chair’s got it covered…...!

In any case, it’s a great looking chair, and I’m sure you’ll get a lot of satisfaction sitting in it, knowing what went into it!

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

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#6 posted 05-31-2016 11:46 PM

Beautiful chair. Hate the injury but it happens to all of us.

-- Awe the sawdust!

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#7 posted 06-01-2016 03:04 AM

This is beautiful! The wood just is gorgeous and these chairs just have a timeless appeal! Very nice! The wound will heal! Enjoy the chair well after the wound has healed!

-- Chris Pine

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#8 posted 06-01-2016 01:09 PM

Blood, a real mans finish!

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#9 posted 06-01-2016 02:01 PM

Very nice. I particularly like that you have no exposed screw heads. I always do the same.

I’ve made several sets of Adirondack chairs in various woods. My favorites are made with ipe, a great wood that lasts forever and does not cost as much as mesquite. Also – don’t try to cut off dowels flush. Use a hand held power sander and a course sandpaper (60 grit or less). You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can sand them flush. Then use a finer grit(s) to finish.

FYI – When talking with beginners I often recommend Adirondack chairs as a good learning project. They often do their first in pine. It’s quite cheap.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#10 posted 06-01-2016 02:34 PM

Now, this is a beautiful and very practical chair and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 06-02-2016 04:21 AM

Very beautifully made chair. Sorry to hear about injury hope you heal quickly and well.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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