|Project by Nhapplewood||posted 08-04-2016 01:34 PM||1183 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
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.