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Adirondack Chair w/Dowel Construction

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Project by FourOaks posted 12-02-2016 11:41 PM 13817 views 11 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to put a little different twist on Adirondack Chair design. I made this with Oak Plywood and Oak dowels glued in place for the seat. I only used wood screws to attach the armrests and the back.

I’m NOT using exterior plywood for this chair, and I’m keeping it out of the rain under my porch. Several months have passed and it’s holding up nicely. Probably due to the Spar Urethane coats I put on it, and I did a little extra sealing on the edges of the plywood.

If I were to leave an adirondack chair out, exposed to the rain, I would probably recommend an EXTERIOR plywood. And even then I would probably seal it with a marine urethane or paint it. Regular, interior plywood doesn’t do well exposed to rain.

I finished my chair with a couple coats of Pecan Polyshade Stain and sprayed on several coats of Spar Urethane.

Check out my tutorial for those interested.

-- Stephen, Atlanta Georgia, http://www.fouroakscrafts.com





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Woodchuck2010

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#1 posted 12-03-2016 12:55 AM

Very cool and comfortable looking. I like it!

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#2 posted 12-03-2016 02:01 AM

Clever design. I like it.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 12-03-2016 04:08 AM

Very cool design. the cost of the dowel where I live would make this cost prohivitve.
Otherwise I like it a lot.

—Madts

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#4 posted 12-03-2016 02:07 PM

This Adirondack chair is a beautiful thing and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#5 posted 12-03-2016 02:55 PM

i like it

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#6 posted 12-04-2016 02:07 AM

ive made a few adirondacks myself and this one is definitely unique in design.the only thing that concerns me is the use of plywood for a chair that will be outdoors,usually not a good choice,time will tell.but your design is awesome.i may have to borrow some of it,great job.

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

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#7 posted 12-04-2016 05:17 AM

Very beautiful version of Adirondak design, very unique. I rarely comment Adirondak project because they are so common, but this one deserves some words.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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FourOaks

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#8 posted 12-04-2016 03:57 PM



Very beautiful version of Adirondak design, very unique. I rarely comment Adirondak project because they are so common, but this one deserves some words.

- majuvla

Thanks for the comment!

-- Stephen, Atlanta Georgia, http://www.fouroakscrafts.com

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#9 posted 12-04-2016 04:00 PM



ive made a few adirondacks myself and this one is definitely unique in design.the only thing that concerns me is the use of plywood for a chair that will be outdoors,usually not a good choice,time will tell.but your design is awesome.i may have to borrow some of it,great job.

- pottz

I was a little concern also with using the plywood. Cypress or Cedar or something like that would be preferred. I put several layers of urethane on it but as you say, time will tell. Also, I have it outside, but under the covering of my front porch. So maybe that will help prolong it a little. Thanks for the comments!

-- Stephen, Atlanta Georgia, http://www.fouroakscrafts.com

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FourOaks

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#10 posted 12-04-2016 04:00 PM



i like it

- david38

Thank you!

-- Stephen, Atlanta Georgia, http://www.fouroakscrafts.com

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FourOaks

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#11 posted 12-04-2016 04:00 PM



This Adirondack chair is a beautiful thing and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thanks very much!

-- Stephen, Atlanta Georgia, http://www.fouroakscrafts.com

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FourOaks

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#12 posted 12-04-2016 04:02 PM



Very cool design. the cost of the dowel where I live would make this cost prohivitve.
Otherwise I like it a lot.

—Madts

- madts

Thanks for the comments. Yes, this was definitely not the low cost way to go, but I just love the look of the oak. We’ll see how well it holds up being outdoors.

-- Stephen, Atlanta Georgia, http://www.fouroakscrafts.com

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FourOaks

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#13 posted 12-04-2016 04:02 PM



Clever design. I like it.

- swirt

Thanks for comment!

-- Stephen, Atlanta Georgia, http://www.fouroakscrafts.com

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FourOaks

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#14 posted 12-04-2016 04:03 PM



Very cool and comfortable looking. I like it!

- Woodchuck2010

Thank you!

-- Stephen, Atlanta Georgia, http://www.fouroakscrafts.com

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#15 posted 12-05-2016 09:43 PM

Nice looking chair—I like the design! Those look like large dowels—is that closet rod—if not what size? What size drill bit/hole saw(?) did you use to cut the holes? Once dowels get fairly large, I often have trouble drilling/cutting a perfect hole to fit them—you’ve done a great job with this chair.

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