Adirondack Chair , XL

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Project by rainman posted 05-23-2010 02:08 AM 4731 views 18 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a chair I was asked to build for the soon to open Adirondack Folk School, in Luzerne NY. It’s almost 7 feet to the top of the back, the seat is 40.5 inches wide, and the arms are 6 feet long and 17.5 inches wide. It’ll be used to attract attention to the school and with the addition of a sign will advertise weekly special events. I used to build these chairs all the time, but I didn’t have a pattern anymore so I took apart a child’s chair I build for my daughter when she was just a little girl and converted those parts into the giant version here. I increased it’s size by 300%. It was built with construction grade SPF lumber. The seat slats are 2×4’s, the arms and legs are glue ups of 2×12’s and 2×6’s and it’s all held together with 4 inch deckscrews and .5 inch carriage bolts.

-- So much wood, So little time

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#1 posted 05-23-2010 02:16 AM

If I didn’t see the stuff in the background for true scale, I would have asked, “How are things in Brobdingnag”?

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#2 posted 05-23-2010 02:17 AM

I love it!

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#3 posted 05-23-2010 02:21 AM

That is too funny. Nice build.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#4 posted 05-23-2010 02:25 AM

Man, that’s a trip. I’ve been looking at this picture for a couple of minutes and I still can’t make you full size in my mind. Nice work. I keep telling myself I’ll build one of these some day. Probably won’t be this big though. Thanks.

-- Steve, Portland, OR

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#5 posted 05-23-2010 02:29 AM

Very very funny. That look on your face just made my day.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 05-23-2010 02:29 AM

Now that’s a chair !!
Great job on scaling.
I am sure it is going to attract attention : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#7 posted 05-23-2010 02:33 AM

Wow nice job, it’s huge. Awesome craftsmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#8 posted 05-23-2010 02:34 AM

“Honey I shrunk the…oh wait a minute”; that’s one big chair. That will be a conversation piece for many years to come. Nice work!

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#9 posted 05-23-2010 02:34 AM


That is an Incredible piece of “Woodwork”.!!!

I’m a bit of “POOP Disturbor” ...LOL… Now you’ve got me thinking of something I could build and put in front of my Home just to get the neoghbours to say …”SEE! I told you he’s Nuts!” Maybe a Ten Foot Pink Flamingo? OH! Maybe 3 Martian like “Creatures” on the Roof peaking over the Eve??

Okay. I gotta go. My Brain starts to hurt when I start “Creating” like this. ;-}


-- Deodorant is like Common Sense. Those who need it the most, never use it.

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#10 posted 05-23-2010 02:43 AM


-- Childress Woodworks

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#11 posted 05-23-2010 03:27 AM

neat, so fun a great build

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 05-23-2010 03:34 AM

What a cool opportunity! That had to be a kick to build. The grin on your face says it all!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 05-23-2010 04:04 AM

Wow, that is an awsome chair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#14 posted 05-23-2010 04:07 AM

Well if it doe snot get anyone’s attention, it is not because of the quality of work. Great job.

-- Norman

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#15 posted 05-23-2010 04:16 AM

That smile says you had some fun building this, RM!! Great Job!!
What does that thing weigh?! Will it be painted?

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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