|Project by BenchDawg||posted 04-21-2011 06:39 AM||8195 views||13 times favorited||14 comments|
This is my version of a “Jake’s” chair commonly found on the web. I liked this design. It is free from the large rear support brackets commonly found on the back of other types of Adirondack chairs. This chair tends to sit more upright than other adirondack models.
The one thing I did not like about the original Jake’s chair plans was the 27” seat bed. Apparently, Jake was a fairly wide guy. I redrew the plans to fit down to a 20” seat bed which was more to my liking. It puts the arms comfortably next to me.
The stool allows you to rest your feet in two different positions. The stool can also double for a small table or a step stool. All screws are hand turned, countersunk and filled. The lumber is standard cedar boards from the big box store. I chose to apply four coats of Spar Varnish as the chair spends a good part of the year exposed to the elements.
i’ve read some complaints from other builders that the upper seat bracket tends to weaken and split over time due to stress. Many have tried different solutions including longer screws and metal straps to strengthen the support. I chose to laminate two boards together and this seems like a solid solution. It looks a lot better than a metal strap.