Adirondack Chairs

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Project by Tomw posted 07-29-2010 01:23 AM 1736 views 8 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a couple of chairs I made a while back. They’re made of cypress. I stole the idea for the folding mechanism from somewhere on the internet. My more recent attempts (not pictured) eliminate the pegs, which are a problem to make without a lathe (I made these from 2 different sizes of oak dowel glued together, but the glued surface is not big enough for the stress the pegs take, and once they get a little weather they can get stuck pretty good.) I’ll put up pics of the next gen once I get it working right. Also working on a (nonfolding) settee.

-- Tom

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Dan Hux

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#1 posted 07-29-2010 02:13 AM

nice chairs,,,Adirondacks are my favorite to make..I like the folding part..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#2 posted 07-29-2010 02:23 AM

Lot of work Lot of pleasure gettin to sit in them. Nice build looking foward to the next generation…...............Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#3 posted 07-29-2010 12:59 PM

Oh thats cool ….. to cool. Let’s see round 2.

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#4 posted 07-29-2010 03:19 PM

Maluco, I used this file from Sketchup 3D Warehouse as my starting point, and after looking around, I believe you are correct that it’s based on the Minwax plan. The main changes I made: I widened it by a couple of inches, changed the back to a “clamshell” shape, used 2x instead of 1x for the back braces (1x seemed skimpy for the hanger bolts), added a bent wood back brace near the top of the back glued up from 2 thin strips, and changed the contour of the arms. I also found that I needed to put a 15 degree bevel on some of the seat slats to allow for drainage. On the “next gen” I’m using full 1 inch boards for the arms and seat supports instead of 3/4”.

-- Tom

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