Adirondack Chairs

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Project by SRead posted 1541 days ago 2094 views 14 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not exactly “fine woodworking” here, but the outdoor furniture takes quite a beating at our place so we just wanted something beefy and functional. As it is, it took me longer than the weekend I’d planned. With a 6-, 8-, and 10-year-old, I can only sneak an hour here and there to work on any elective projects. Plans came from a Better Homes & Garden publication, if I remember correctly. They used nice cedar, but that was more than I wanted to spend on these. I used good ol’ construction-grade doug fir for the painted parts and clear pine for the seats and backs. I actually spent extra time cutting the patterns out of Masonite first so I’d have a template to trace around on the wood (instead of affixing paper patterns to all the pieces) and also to use with the router and pattern bit. My main reason was that I wouldn’t have to worry so much about my so-so band saw skills. As it turns out, I got quite a bit of practice and wondered if it the extra effort was worth it. I suppose it will be if I ever make another set. When it came time for assembly, I realized I hadn’t allowed the fir dry out enough so I suffered a little twist here and there, which presented a few challenges. Now that they’re outside, though, nobody gives it the critical inspection I do on my projects and everyone enjoys them. Mission accomplished. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 1541 days ago

These look very sturdy. I expect they’ll last for many years. They look pretty comfy too.

-- My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am---author unknown

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#2 posted 1541 days ago

Excellent job. They should last for many years.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 1541 days ago

They look great Scott!!!!
I have been wanting to build me some of these and maybe one day. Very nice work.

-- Barry, Louisiana

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#4 posted 1541 days ago

I like them a lot. The colors flow really good together and they look really comfortable. Good Job.

-- Tim-; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-

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Mary Anne

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#5 posted 1541 days ago

They would look great in my yard!
I like the way the green base sets off the wood of the seat and back.
A set of these is on my list, too.

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#6 posted 1541 days ago

Mighty fine. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#7 posted 1541 days ago

Hey Scott,
Nice job and finish.

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#8 posted 1541 days ago

Great looking!! I made 2 sets of the double chairs and my teenage son made one of the chairs for county 4H and it made it to State. These are very comfortable. We love them. I didn’t make the foot rest are they comfortable? If so, that may have to be a weekend project for me.


-- Rick

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Michael Murphy

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#9 posted 1541 days ago

Nice pair!!

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#10 posted 1541 days ago

Thanks to all. And, yes, Rick, we love the foot rests. Makes it sort of like a chaise lounge chair.

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#11 posted 1541 days ago

Very comfy looking, sure wish I had a few of these in my back yard to relax in!

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#12 posted 1541 days ago

Ah yes, Adirondack chairs that aren’t just the same ol-same-ol…..nice colors!

-- mike...............

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#13 posted 1540 days ago

Very nice! I like the contrast between the green and natural slats. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 1540 days ago

I like these…the two-tone looks great.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#15 posted 1540 days ago


These are great looking chairs. I agree with Tom, the contrast between the green finish and the natural wood slats & arms is an excellent touch. You should get many years of enjoyment.

Thanks for sharing!

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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