Adirondac Chair

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Project by John posted 01-06-2008 06:54 PM 1762 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This quartersawn white oak chair was built at the Marc Adams School during my first class there. Andy Rae was the instructor and the class focused on basic skills. The chair parts were template routed. The sliding dovetail is tapered and pegged. Finished with Watco danish oil and Thompsons water sealer.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#1 posted 01-06-2008 07:18 PM

Great looking chair…I love the dovetail joioint…and pegs…i built my first one this summer from an FWW plan and screws…

By the way—-my math is kinda fuzzy…but i thought the answer (when all said and done) was 43?

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#2 posted 01-06-2008 07:19 PM

Nice work John. It looks like a great chair and should last you many years.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 01-06-2008 07:47 PM

That is one of the best designs I’ve seen in an Adirondack. Beautiful touches with the joinery. Congratulations. Now sit down and relax.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 01-06-2008 08:06 PM

Fantastic job! I’m building the same design from Rae’s original American Woodworking article. I have all my parts cut and ready to go but got sidetracked by other projects.

What species of wood did you guys use? Also, how comfortable is it (relatively speaking since most adirondacks are comfortable)? When I was looking around for designs, I chose this one because it seemed the distance from seat to ground behind the knees was less than other designs I found and I thought it would be more comfortable.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#5 posted 01-06-2008 09:06 PM

Thanks Guys,
I thought it was 42. Maybe I need to read that book again.
The chair should last a long time but the finish hasn’t. The Thompsons didn’t protect very much and the moisture made the Watco bleed. Oh well. I’ll let it go gray.
Never sit still!
Andy had a model chair from Mahogany but the class made them from quatersawn white oak. The chair is very comfortable I was thinking of making an ottoman for it. The article Andy published it the same chair we built.

Thanks for the positive comments guys.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#6 posted 01-06-2008 09:12 PM

Great job. The dovetail is a nice touch.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 01-07-2008 11:36 AM

Answer = 42
Question = 6×5 :)

Lovely chair mate :)

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#8 posted 01-07-2008 06:55 PM

Great work, this turned out real nice.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 01-21-2008 04:28 AM

Favorited. Best addy-chair I’ve seen.

-- John - Central PA -

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#10 posted 01-21-2008 10:55 AM

Great workmanship on the chair. Very inviting.

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#11 posted 01-25-2008 07:16 AM

Great chair. Is the pattern available to us, the general public?

Did you let the danish oil set up for at least 2 weeks before applying the Thompsons? I remember someone saying to let the oils dry completely before adding a top coat. Also, I would have thought spar varnish would have been a better top coat, though.

Anuway, great job!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#12 posted 01-25-2008 07:30 AM

outstanding work. I too love the dovetail; especially how attention is drawn to it.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 01-27-2008 02:18 PM


The pattern was published in a magazine but I cant remember which one. If I can find the plans I’ll post them.


-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#14 posted 01-27-2008 06:30 PM

Neat idea for the joinery. I’ve always been annoyed at how loose some of these chairs can become, with seasonal changes and being in the weather. I like what you’ve done.

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

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