Adirondack Chairs

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Project by Bren posted 12-30-2007 09:56 PM 3671 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A coworker had an old favorite adirondack chair that had seen better days. She asked me if I could build a duplicate. I used the old chair as a pattern and made improvements where the original failed. These are made out of white oak with a white stain.

-- Bren Hartman, Battle Creek, Michigan

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#1 posted 12-30-2007 10:03 PM

love the cup holder.

What were the improvements?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 12-30-2007 10:08 PM

Nice chairs. The cup holder is a great innovation.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 12-30-2007 10:11 PM

Main improvements were in the area of the back uprights. Screws into end grain failed. I put in blocks to screw the back uprights into then screwed the back stringer into that block. The arm were only screwed into the back uprights; I added a notch for the armrest to rest on. I will try to add another photo to show this angle. I also used more bolts to join the seat frame to the legs. Some boards were made larger than the original for more strength line the one that the seat back slats attach to, both top and bottom.
The cup holder was on the original. I wanted to eliminate it. I thought that was what the wide arm rests were for. I was out voted. I made approx. 6 pairs of these, all of them had the cup holder.

-- Bren Hartman, Battle Creek, Michigan

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#4 posted 12-30-2007 10:45 PM

Nice innovations. I made two of these, three years ago. They hit the fire pit this summer. They got very loose where screws were put into end grain. I’ll use weather proof Dominos on the next one…if I do build one. I’m sorta liking the other chairs you posted.

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

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#5 posted 12-31-2007 12:25 AM

nice chairs, I plan to make some, I’ve got a couple hundred ft of cedar I plan on using. Those are just too cool very nice design. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 12-31-2007 04:07 AM

I like them, nice work.
and I like the cup holder, it’s good that you kept it.

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#7 posted 12-31-2007 08:33 AM

These are really nice. I like the drink holder too.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 12-31-2007 12:06 PM

Good looking chairs. How’s the comfort?

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#9 posted 12-31-2007 06:17 PM

They are very comfortable. I ended up making more because people found them comfortable. I made the seat backs taller than the original too. In a chair like this I like to be able to rest my head; I am 6’1”. Only negative is the basic fact that they are low to the ground. Hard for some to get out of. The big arm rests help with that. However, this is a problem with any adirondack chair not just these.

-- Bren Hartman, Battle Creek, Michigan

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#10 posted 12-31-2007 06:31 PM

Nice chairs. I’ve still got the patterns of the chairs my father made and sold in the 1950’s in Canada.

I need to make a couple in memory of him.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 01-18-2008 04:53 AM

Great chairs! Can you post a picture of the old chair you used as the pattern?

-- John - Central PA -

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#12 posted 01-18-2008 05:23 AM

No, the chair I used as a pattern was falling apart badly when I got it. I took it apart to make a pattern. Then I made a prototype chair to get the clients approval. After I delivered 4 chairs I took the original chair pieces to the fire pit. Thanks for the compliment!

-- Bren Hartman, Battle Creek, Michigan

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#13 posted 08-11-2008 10:52 PM


Do you have a set of plans that I can buy? My wife would love these.

-- Virgil Mullins

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#14 posted 01-08-2009 04:19 PM

Did you use a 1×6 or a 1×4 on the front legs of this chair. It seems from the picture that it is a 1×6, but I just wanted to make sure.

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#15 posted 01-09-2009 06:29 AM

We use the Rockler plans for our production unit in our general shop class. I also built a prototype and tweaked it a little. The rockler plan is essentially a Norm plan, however the rocker plan comes with cardboard patterns, so I quickly converted them to hardboard templates for the kids. Another plus to the Norm/Rockler plan is they tend to sit a little higher. I had to modify the rockler plan because all it called for was screws. I immediately added outdoor glue and carriage bolts. I also made the upper seat support slant at 30 deg. However I am going to incorporate the beverage holder. That was the biggest comment we rec’d last year. Well here goes, 60 more chairs again this year!

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