Adirondack Wall Template

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Project by Tooch posted 05-15-2018 01:22 PM 605 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I was scrolling through old photos, trying to organize pictures of my recent home renovation and stumbled upon this project that I forgot to post from last year. HA! I sometimes wonder how many of my projects DON’T make it to LJs just because I forget to take photos or simply don’t have time to post them.

Anyhow, this project was born out of necessity. Last year, I had multiple students who wanted to make the same adirondack bench that I posted here for their final project. The original plans that I purchased from Rockler came with a set of cardboard templates that were folded up and shoved into a small cardboard box. Well after several uses, the students put a real hurting on the templates’ edges, and some got ripped and one was even lost. I knew something had to be done so this is what I came up with.

I traced the cardboard templates and cut them out of a piece of 1/2” thick MDF board. once all pieces were cut, sanded, and labeled, I laid them out onto a 48”x 48” piece of plywood. After drilling strategic holes into each piece, I partially screwed some drywall screws into the sheet of plywood so they had a way to hang. After a few coats of leftover yellow paint from this project , I was able to trace out each template.

Before mounting it to the wall, I decided to add a secret compartment to keep the packet of plans so they would be out of sight(picture 3). I came up with the crude frame shown in picture 4, and used toggle bolts to mount it to the wall. The plywood was then easily mounted to the frame.

last 2 pictures are of some past students who completed this project too.

I love these kinds of organizational projects. A place for everything, and everything in its place!

Thanks for looking, and as always questions/comments/concerns/complaints are all welcome!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 05-15-2018 01:56 PM

That looks really comfy and well built. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 05-15-2018 02:09 PM

Mike that is great way to display all the templates and your students did a fine job following your instruction!! You can be real proud of them!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 05-15-2018 02:56 PM

Thanks Hoss, once you get in that bench it is really hard to get back out of… especially when you have a cold one on the armrest!

Jim Thanks for the kind words, I always love when a student takes home a piece like these.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#4 posted 05-15-2018 03:50 PM

Great organization idea and solution. Myself also like tidy and organized garage/workshop and tools/accessories/jigs.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 05-15-2018 04:04 PM

Thanks Ivan, I remember seeing your router bit storage and being very impressed.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 05-15-2018 08:12 PM

That is a careful layout of your parts. Not much waste and very efficient.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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woodshaver Tony C

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#7 posted 05-15-2018 08:59 PM

Those adirondack chairs look very comfortable Tooch! I like how you reworked the templates and hung them up out of the way. Those students will never forget you!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 05-15-2018 10:23 PM

Now that’s a perfect solution for future students to be able to share the plans. Must work great, their chairs look nice.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 05-16-2018 08:07 PM

Tooch, I am sure there will be lots of chairs made from this pattern. It is a superb job of organization and the students and parents should be aptly impressed when they enter the shop. Shoot, I am impressed just with the pictures. Carry on and keep up the good fight. Thanks for sharing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 05-23-2018 10:41 PM

That looks great.
Where did you get your plans Id love to get my hands on a copy.

-- Just a guy in a shed

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