My first Adirondack Chair (Jake's Chair)

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Project by BenchDawg posted 04-21-2011 06:39 AM 9515 views 14 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 04-21-2011 06:47 AM

Looks great

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#2 posted 04-21-2011 10:11 AM

I like the countoured back…sort of invites you to lean back and relax. I prefer a chair with a more upright stance. do you mind if I pirate…er copy your build?

-- One of these hammers oughta fix that...

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#3 posted 04-21-2011 10:56 AM

Great work on this love these chairs…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 04-21-2011 11:44 AM

Mighty fine looking.

-- Gary, Florida

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#5 posted 04-21-2011 05:56 PM

I like your design changes… especially elimination of the large support back bracket and reduced seat width. It makes for a very nice build. You seem to have everything blending together well. I would enjoy sitting in it.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 04-21-2011 07:33 PM

dustyal said exactly what I was about to. I like the changes and quality of work.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#7 posted 04-21-2011 07:46 PM

Excellent job. I’ve had the Jake’s chair plans printed out for about a year now. You’ve given me the nudge to build a couple these this spring.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#8 posted 04-21-2011 07:46 PM

Hello And welcome

I love it

A beautiful and nicely job

Thanks a lot for sharing

Your project inspire me

Have a nice day

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#9 posted 04-22-2011 12:21 AM

Nice job I need a few of them here

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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#10 posted 04-22-2011 07:03 AM

Thanks everyone! I’ve made a couple more, one out of Walnut, the other out of Coffeebean wood. I plan to post them and will in a day or so. I am on the road for a few days….

Mickey, go ahead and pirate away!

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#11 posted 04-22-2011 01:31 PM

Great looking chair. Nice looking wood too. I like your design.

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

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#12 posted 04-22-2011 03:56 PM

very nice!!!

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#13 posted 04-24-2011 05:49 PM

Like your planning to avoid future problems. Could evolve into interior furniture?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 12-14-2011 06:07 PM

Nothing but fine!

-- Ken, Mississippi

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#15 posted 05-23-2017 08:23 PM

Really nicely done! I am looking to build my first Adirondack Chair and also had some concerns about the traditional Jake’s Chair design (particularly the width). Do you have your plans/measurements/tips available to share?

-- Hobby woodworker, Upstate NY

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