|Project by FuzzyDove||posted 04-23-2011 01:38 AM||4602 views||30 times favorited||19 comments|
I designed and built these with 3 goals in mind: 1) Use only standard decking lumber which is 5.25” Wide x 3/4” thick. 2) Scale down the standard size of Adirondack chairs to fit smaller people. 3) Make them heavy enough that they could not be blown off a dock in even the heaviest winds (like my other chairs have). I used Ipe because I had some left over from a family member’s decking project and it has the weight and durability I was looking for. To be honest I thought this would be a quick and simple project, but it turned out to be a lot of hours in the shop to get them right. I made a lot of “guess” templates (eg – screw ups!) before the first one came together correctly. I should have just gone with an available plan, but they were just all too big and used wood dimensions that would have required board glue ups if using only standard decking wood. In the long run though I’m happy with the outcome and I finally have a nice set of templates should I opt to build more.
The backs are curved which makes them really feel comfortable. Originally I had the area where your knee is curve down which looked really pretty, but was just not comfortable so I re-did them with a straight drop – not as nice looking, but way more comfortable. There are a ton of screws holding it all together but I hid them with ipe carefully grain-aligned plugs that were planed then sanded flush. The legs are bolted with carriage bolts for strength. These chairs are incredibly heavy! The finish is just a couple of coats of spar urethane – the wood is too beautiful for anything else. Guess it is time for my wife and I to have a seat and crack open a couple of cold beers! :)
PS – I built the dock in the picture last year using recycled plastic lumber which I must say is awesome for outdoor durability – it has held up amazingly well despite the abuse from the kids and the sun. As much as I love wood, I highly recommend it for the right outdoor application!