Garden Chair

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Project by Green_Hornut posted 07-11-2016 09:18 PM 2789 views 22 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Garden Chair plan was from Rockler which is a reprint of Michael Fortune’s 2 part article in Fine Woodworking. The plan is rated as intermediate but I would probably disagree on that slightly. I have 40+ years of woodworking experience and a well equipped shop but I still had to buy a boatload of clamps for the laminations. And while not technically difficult for me it did take a significant longer period of time to make than anticipated. But they turned out nice and the better half likes them and that’s all that counts.

Reclaimed redwood salvaged from a deck that was being torn down was the material. But I’m certain that some of it was old growth because it has 20+ rings per inch. Because of all the ply’s needed to be sawed for the laminations there was a lot more waste working around nail holes and the large knots that redwood has. They would explode when they hit the planner. A planner with a stop is almost a necessity for this project. Also make sure your band saw will be up to the task. This project is a real heavy duty workout for it. A few minor modifications to the project but nothing too bad. Coated deck screws instead of zinc and they are plugged anyway. Added our name to the front to add some class and decrease the chances they walk away some night.

3 coats of Danish oil with the plan that I will probably have to re-coat at least once a year.

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#1 posted 07-11-2016 09:54 PM

Those are fantastic! They look really comfortable. A great place to spend a cool summer morning with a cup of coffee!

-- Adam,

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#2 posted 07-11-2016 10:03 PM

WOW they look really comfy ….... I bet they sit very nicely …...I just love the arms ….....GREAT JOB


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#3 posted 07-11-2016 10:55 PM

Great looking pair of Adirondacks! That redwood looks amazing, and I love those curved legs!

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

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#4 posted 07-11-2016 11:26 PM

Great job, these chairs are on my bucket list.

-- measure twice, cut once, swear and start over.

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#5 posted 07-11-2016 11:35 PM

Impressive. They look great.

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#7 posted 07-12-2016 12:18 AM

Those are wonderful looking. The bent arms are outstanding.

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#8 posted 07-12-2016 03:20 AM

Beautiful chairs, excellent workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 07-12-2016 12:00 PM

I bought the plans but didn’t have necessary courage to start it yet.

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#10 posted 07-12-2016 12:31 PM

Those are really nice. Great shape to them.

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#11 posted 07-12-2016 01:39 PM

I love the design of these chairs and you’ve done a nice job on them.

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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#12 posted 07-12-2016 03:29 PM

those came out great, building the same set ,using cypress , but that red wood looks grand ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#13 posted 07-12-2016 03:53 PM

Very nice execution GH. It will be interesting how well DO holds up. Great work.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#14 posted 07-14-2016 12:58 AM

Folks, Thanks for all the positive comments. This was one of my longest projects and a few times I lost focus and it languished. But every time I sit in it in the shade after a long day with a sparkling malt beverage it was totally worth it. I can’t imagine making any kind of chair after this one. It is so comfy and just the right proportions for us. Much more upright than a andorondaic chair. and way more comfortable. If your on the fence about making one, just get started. Break it down into little pieces and bit by bit you will get there.

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#15 posted 07-17-2016 05:34 PM

Too nice to be in the weather. Just because they’re for outside doesn’t mean they wouldn’t look just as good in a fine furniture show! Great pictures and fyi, your 40 years are showing through…. in the details…very nice!

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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