Adirondack Chairs

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Project by darryl posted 01-14-2007 07:43 PM 2627 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

ok, so I was looking at my sad little list of projects posted and figured it’s my turn to stick something up here again.

My father renews my subscription to the Family Handyman each year. One of the earlier editions came with an article on building Adorondack chairs. Here are a couple versions of them.

The first one I made was constructed with the cut-offs of the Douglas Fir that my brother-in-law was using for the flooring on his front porch.

The second is made of white oak that was given to my brother-in-law as a house warming gift shortly after he completed his house and moved in. It’s sitting on the porch that supplied the materials for the first chair.

The third picture is the chairs I built and donated to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims. These are the chairs that were in the works and had to be rescued from the flooding that we suffered in New Hampshire back in October of 2005.

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#1 posted 01-14-2007 08:01 PM

One of my projects for 2007 is to build some Adirondack chairs. I have seen several plans that look very good. I will decide on which to use soon.

Has anyone else been asked about building a folding Adirondack chair? I have had one or two people mention they like Adirondack chairs, but wish they were folding. I have seen the folding plans, but wonder which people prefer. Traditional (fixed) or modern (folding).

P.S. – I like the chairs, as they have simple clean lines. Good job!

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 01-14-2007 10:40 PM

Thanks Bill, I just wish I could take credit for the design.

That’s one of my goals for the year is to redesign the plans to make the chair mine. we shall see…

personally I like the standard style. I have no plans for making a folding chair.

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#3 posted 01-14-2007 10:46 PM

Folding ones are fine, but not for me. I’d go for standard as well, and build them to withstand the winter. (on the porch, not out in the yard) I’d rather not clutter up a shed with either version. Not even the plastic ones that you could toss up in a loft.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 01-15-2007 01:18 AM

Nice work, Darryl. My vote would be for the traditional non-folding style. But I would like to see a new tradition started – the “Darryl Chair”.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 01-16-2007 02:19 AM

I’d like to see that new tradition too Don!

I’ve actually spent some time trying to work on some new designs. I thought I was starting to like what I had going on yesterday, but I’m not feeling it today.

For any of those designer guys out there, any suggestions or tips on getting started?

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#6 posted 05-20-2007 06:22 AM

Did you do anything special to finish these for their outside use?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 05-20-2007 08:28 AM

Those are great. I’ve been avoiding building about 4 of them myself. For no reason other than I only seem to think about it when I want to sit outside. I am hoping that I’ll remember to do them when I’m in the shop and not hoping to sit outside and relax.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 05-21-2007 04:00 AM

Thanks for your part in helping those trying to come back from Katrina. Your chairs all turned out very nice. I would be interested in seeing a folding one.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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