Dual Adirondack Bench for Mom & Dad

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Project by Tooch posted 12-28-2016 09:12 PM 2369 views 5 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project several months in the making. I bought the PT decking back in May of 2016, but wanted to give it roughly 6 months to dry out, as it was very moist and difficult to work with. I must admit, I did use a pattern that I purchased, which made this a very easy build. That being said, there are a preponderance of different pieces, and keeping everything organized until assembly was a bit of a chore.

I spent lots of time on the bandsaw cutting all of the supports, then the belt/disc to get them smooth. the spindle sander also got some heavy use (thank god for abrasive cleaning sticks). To achieve the taper for the back supports, I chose not to make a taper jig for the TS, instead I just cut them out on the bandsaw slightly larger than need-be, and jointed the edges to get them perfectly flat. It sure beats trying to sand them all with a belt.

And just like any project, Murphy’s Law states that 1 of the final 4 screws will definitely cause a piece to split (picture 4). The last 4 screws I attached were on that armrest, and it split the small support right in 2. Being that I didn’t have any additional 2x stock, I had to glue and clamp the one that broke which turned out just fine. ”Can’t even see the line… can you Rus?

I delivered it to my Mom and Dad on Christmas, and they were blown away. Hopefully they get to enjoy many mornings or afternoons together sitting there with a coffee or a cold one.

Note: Unfortunately, like some of my other larger projects, I didn’t get to take very many (or very good) photos of this one. By the time I finished it, it was about 2 days before Christmas and I had no time to have a photo shoot like most of my smaller projects. It is just over my parents house (roughly 2 miles away) so getting some additional shots shouldn’t be a problem; however, it is tarped now for the rest of winter, and I don’t want to “upset the apple cart” just to snag a few photos. I figure that I will upload some more shots once it seasons for another couple months and we get a coat of deck stain on it for the summer.

Thanks for looking, all comments welcome and questions replied too.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 12-28-2016 09:19 PM

Glad to see it contoured. Great job sir.

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

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#2 posted 12-28-2016 09:57 PM

I bet it was very complex project, but resault is great!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 12-28-2016 09:57 PM

Now that’s a nice one Tooch. My parents now in their 80s would have a hard time getting up out of something like that, I’d have to add an electric motor for an auto lift. hahaha

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#4 posted 12-28-2016 10:48 PM

Great job buddy

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#5 posted 12-28-2016 11:22 PM

Great looking Adirondack loveseat! I’ll bet your parents are thrilled with it, and enjoy it all the time!

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

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#6 posted 12-28-2016 11:44 PM

Nice build Tooch! I’ve seen many that just don’t look comfortable but yours does with the curved back.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 12-28-2016 11:50 PM

what a nice lovely little bench ….looks comfy …GREAT JOB :<)


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#8 posted 12-29-2016 12:05 AM

Thanks Monte, Ivan and Hoss for checking in!

Randy I’m only 33 and I have a hard time getting up from it! adding an auto lift would be both awesome and hysterical!

Dean I had plans for it to be in their lower backyard, but my dad wants it right near the house so he can use it more often :-)

Tony the curved back adds such a big difference with the comfort level. I’ve made some flat back ones and they cant compare.

Thanks Tony for the nice comment

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#9 posted 12-29-2016 12:18 AM

Looks very comfy for drinkin a few cold ones, or anything else

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 12-29-2016 12:33 AM

Thanks Roger, I think I can think of a bunch of ways to kill time on this one

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#11 posted 12-29-2016 01:50 AM

It’s a nice looking bench Tooch. Very comfortable and warm.
I have to laugh about the screws splitting the wood and Murphy’s law. For some reason, it always seems to happen at the very end.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 12-29-2016 02:40 AM

Great build and present. Looks comfy and I’m sure they will talk about it for yrs to come.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 12-29-2016 03:53 AM

You did Well! Congratulations on a job well one.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#14 posted 12-29-2016 12:30 PM

Curved backed are comfortable. Great job for your parents. Tooch I know it’s pressure treated but did you use waterproofing? I’m thinking of making some Adirondack chairs with PT wood next year and would really appreciate your thoughts.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#15 posted 12-29-2016 01:00 PM

Thanks Dave, it never fails… Whether it’s a screw that splits the wood or an errand nail from a pneumatic gun, I’m always trying to hide something.

Thanks Ken and OldRivers for the kind words.

Jay I plan on waterproofing it in the spring with a decking stain & sealer. In the past, any waterproofing I’ve tried on green PT wood hasn’t turned out very well. Good luck with your build!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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