Modern Adirondack Chair

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Project by ERQ posted 09-07-2016 07:10 PM 1334 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Modern take on the adirondack chair, made out of white oak. My first ‘real’ woodworking project, in the sense that I started with roughsawn boards, which I then milled myself. Wish I’d made more of an effort to get better pictures, but this is what I ended up with!

Based the design off of some incredibly expensive plastic chairs that my girlfriend saw at some contemporary furniture store. Based off the pictures, I created my own sketch-up model and worked from there. Especially tricky parts were figuring out the joinery to avoid any visible fasteners (dowels, pocket holes. and a few plugged screw holes on the back support rail), creating the template for and making the base pieces with all of the varying angles, and figuring out how to accurately cut the angle in the back support rail (eventually came up with a jig for the router table that worked pretty well). Assembly was pretty difficult in general as well, but thankfully both of them sit dead flat with no wobble.

I gave them to my girlfriend unfinished and she opted for kind of a grey-wash stain that I think was a little less transparent and a little more blue than she’d hoped, but oh well. Anyway, it was satisfying to go from roughsawn boards to these finished chairs and overcome some tricky obstacles along the way. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 09-07-2016 09:59 PM

Very nice looking pair of Adirondacks—I’m sure she’ll really enjoy them!

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

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#2 posted 09-08-2016 03:24 PM

Thank you kindly!

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#3 posted 09-08-2016 04:36 PM

Great chairs. I’d love to see some pictures of the joinery you used. I also like your dog :)

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#4 posted 09-08-2016 08:23 PM

Great chairs. I d love to see some pictures of the joinery you used. I also like your dog :)

- MrFid

Haha thanks man. Unfortunately, I was pretty bad about getting pictures along the way, but most of the joinery was pretty straightforward. I used dowels for holding the arms to the arm support/front legs. Used pocket holes for holding the two base rails to the side base pieces. Just screwed the base to the arm supports/front legs. Then more pocket holes to hold the seat slats on, and to hold the bottom of the vertical back slats to the lower back base rail. For the support rail that runs along the back middle of the vertical seat back slats, I just predrilled a hole, then counterbored, screwed, and filled with plugs. Attached that rail to the arms with screws from below. I think that’s it!

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