Adirondack chairs

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Project by Nhapplewood posted 08-04-2016 01:34 PM 1613 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m new to this site and I wanted to post a project I completed recently that has got me interested in doing more woodworking. I’ve built many “rough” woodworking projects over the years – a deck, a farm stand, a counter for a farm stand, the counters and shelves in my workshop, etc., but I haven’t done any kind of finish carpentry. The Adirondack chairs are a step up from anything I’ve done and now I want to try more stuff.

I looked on the Internet for plans and settled on the Norm Abrams plan. Not only are there complete instructions and diagrams available free, but you can watch a video of Norm making one on YouTube. And it’s a beautiful chair, in my opinion.

Made one chair exactly to Norm’s specs just to see if I could do it. It was fun, not frustrating, and the chair came out great. I had a tough time finding enough decent 3/4” cedar at lowes for the one chair so I went to a quality lumber yard to buy the wood for the rest of the set. Only problem was they didn’t have exactly what I needed. They had architect grade 3/4” stock, which was beautiful but would have run me $140/chair, or they had 5/4×6” decking lumber. The decking cedar turned out to be a great choice. The thicker wood made much sturdier, nicer chairs that I think will last longer. I wasn’t sure how much wood to get because Norm’s plans called for a combo of 4” and 6” so I got a little extra that I was able to make the coffee table with.

This site came up frequently when I was looking for answers on different things while planning the build and now researching which tools I should buy next. Great community here.

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#1 posted 08-04-2016 01:39 PM

Very nice. I’ve made several of Norm’s chairs in the past as well. I’ve also used solid composite decking instead of wood and those are very heavy and hold up amazing. They are great for where I live. Might want to consider them in the future.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 08-04-2016 01:50 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks! Nice chairs and table! Looking forward to your next project.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#3 posted 08-04-2016 02:03 PM

Great looking set. Many here have built those as well. Can’t go wrong with a good “Norm” build!! I really like that table. I built my first with Lowes cedar and it is too flimsy for me so that chair is my wife’s. I then built one from some beefier cypress. Very comfortable.

Welcome aboard. You’ll wonder how you managed without this site…..

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#4 posted 08-04-2016 02:16 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 08-04-2016 06:41 PM

This is a very nice set of table and chairs.

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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#6 posted 08-04-2016 07:32 PM

Very nice. I ve made several of Norm s chairs in the past as well. I ve also used solid composite decking instead of wood and those are very heavy and hold up amazing. They are great for where I live. Might want to consider them in the future.
Well done.

- ohwoodeye

Looking into the poly chairs is what got me interested in building rather than buying. Those are $$$, but they last forever, therefore worth it. Almost bought some cedar chairs for a lot less than the poly, then started thinking maybe I could make them.

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#7 posted 08-04-2016 11:34 PM

Great looking Adirondack furniture set! You did Norm’s design proud and have some beautiful and comfortable furniture to enjoy!

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

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#8 posted 08-06-2016 02:51 PM

nice work!

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