Adirondack Glider

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A buddy at work was getting ready to celebrate his 5th wedding anniversary and asked me if I could build an Adirondack glider he saw online. I told him he couldn’t afford me, but I’d let him use my shop and I’d teach him how to do it.

He bought a plan online and then for the next few weekends he was in my basement learning how to do a job properly. All the steps – jointing, planing, cutting, jigs, assembly, etc.

He cracked up when his wife asked him why the surprise was taking so long. After all, she said, “all it takes is cutting, sanding, and putting it together.” We had a good laugh on that one!

Needless to say, their marriage has blossomed and now Jim wishes he lived closer to me to work on other projects. The only thing I would say is that Western Red Cedar is too soft to last for years. I wish he had chosen (or if anyone else buys this plan) makes it out of white oak. I am really disappointed in cedar. It’s light and it machines wonderfully, but it dents just by looking at it.

Western Red Cedar, brass screws.

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#1 posted 12-09-2010 04:22 AM

Very nice glider.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 12-09-2010 05:16 AM

Great looking chair, The only problem about using Oak for an outside chair is that it will not last as long. Western Red Cedar is an outside wood and will last a lot longer than Oak. Now, I might have people say differently, but have you ever seen a roof with Oak shingles.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#3 posted 12-09-2010 07:45 AM

Hey Grantman,
Nice job and good instructional assistance…how about ….Douglas Fir..???

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#4 posted 12-09-2010 02:04 PM

Doc – don’t misunderstand me, cedar will last a long time. However, so will white oak. My whole complaint is the softness of the wood for a piece of furniture that will be exposed to lots of use over the years. Dents, dings, splits, etc. They just had their first child and will have more coming up. It’s gonna get a lot of use.

Splint – fir, from what I read, degrades relatively quickly outdoors. Cedar, cypress, mahogany, teak, white oak, Ipe, and a few others are the ones that were recommended.

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#5 posted 12-09-2010 02:30 PM

That is a very nice glider and it was wonderful for you to help him build it and to teach him a little about woodworking.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 12-09-2010 02:46 PM

Nice glider and good job on mentoring, I need to build a couple of Adirondack chairs in the spring and was thinking of using pressure treated lumber they will be painted am I wrong thinking this way.

-- Bob "Every breath I take as a Free man was paid for with the blood of an American Soldier"

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#7 posted 12-09-2010 03:59 PM

Sarge – after doing a little research, I’d stay away from pressure treated lumber. The sawdust is more toxic than non-treated lumber. Why take the chance? Plus you’re stuck with less than ideal wood to begin with…it machines lousy.

If you’re going to paint, do some good research first on which coatings are best and then get the best you can afford. Quality now will reduce aggravation down the road. Fine Woodworking had an article a year or two ago on external coatings. It might be behind a paid firewall, though. Another of the other mags had an article, too; I just can’t remember which. Remember, Google is your friend. ;-)

Good luck. Looking forward to seeing your chairs posted in a few months.

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