First Eureka Adirondack Chair

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I’d always told my wife my tool purchases were really an investment in case I became disabled.

So little over a year ago via LJ found a deal on a Eureka package with the intent to make some pieces for my deck and maybe family members. Fast forward to this January, I’m laid off from a national telecom company and with no job offers coming close to that salary I find I had a major life decision to make.

With a medical history of Crohn’s and now kidney failure resulting in dialysis and the urging of family and medical support I went the disability route. Appears some lawmaker had kidney failure, either himself or a family member because my approval “at the dismay of the television lawyer advertisers” came in less than six weeks! So with that check and and my legal $1170 a month I’m close to where I need to be.

Looks like my little fib to the wife has now worked into something real as I have the next four chairs sold and interest in several more. Living in Hoover, yes that Hoover you high school football fans, I’m in the middle of and near several upper bracket suburbs where I can feature a high quality hand crafted product.

This is from Eastern red cedar planned to a pass just greater than an inch thick makes a finished product with some heft. Found a family run sawmill on Craigslist in Greene County with some really usable boards at less than $2 a foot. Used my “fishing” truck a chevy 2500 with 8 foot bed to transport. I mention that, as my favorite past time is watching SUV and car owner loading their purchases at the big box stores! I enjoy loading 8 foot stuff, slamming the tailgate and driving off without nary a rope or web clamp needed!

Thanks for looking and feedback welcomed, I’m 58 and been married for 38 years, one time not cumulative, so my feelings are hardened.

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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#1 posted 03-12-2017 03:49 AM

I like your design with contours.

Good luck on your endevers. Wish you the best with your health.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-12-2017 02:37 PM

Great workmanship, very nice chair.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 03-12-2017 02:50 PM

Glad things are getting better, congrats on the chairs as well. Looks great.

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

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#4 posted 03-12-2017 10:12 PM

@martinlu I have flagged you as SPAM. Really a link to Ted”s 16,000 woodworking plans!

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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#5 posted 03-12-2017 11:11 PM

Great looking Adirondack—I’ll bet that cedar smells great! Chair looks very comfortable, and I’m sure you’ll get a lot of enjoyment from it this summer!

Martinlu—flagged for spam…........

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

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#6 posted 03-14-2017 09:40 PM

I like making adirondack chairs because they are so forgiving and simply so pleasant to make. I have only made 4 so far. Not a one of them like the one before as I keep thinking of things, learning things and trying things. Recently I just went out and put some holes in the arms to hold drinks. These were ones I made last year. I plan on making many more over the years. I am very happy that this is working out for you Alan.

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#7 posted 03-14-2017 10:10 PM

By the way, yours are nicer than mine because you used much nicer wood.

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