Rustic loveseat

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Project by jeremy posted 01-29-2008 05:06 PM 2112 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first attempt at an Adirondack style rustic loveseat. In my oppinion it’s alot harder than working with straight, square lumber. My family has a camp in the Adirondack’s (NY), and one day I found a nice freshly fallen white birch. So I cut it up into roughly 8’ segments and let it dry for a year. The whole thing took me about 3 weekends. The joinery is mortise and tenon. The tenons are made with an attachment that goes on a drill. The seat and back are pine with a few coats of poly for a finish. It’s actually pretty comfortable.

-- Jeremy, Saratoga, NY

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#1 posted 01-29-2008 05:26 PM

Nice work Jeremy, I am a big fan of rustic work . There is a few books by Daniel Mack, He does all kinds of rustic furniture. It,s great for getting ideas.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#2 posted 01-29-2008 05:50 PM

Thanks John. I do have one of his books, It’s really great.

-- Jeremy, Saratoga, NY

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#3 posted 01-29-2008 07:03 PM

This is a nice piece Jeremy. I agree that working with lumber in its natural state is a lot harder than handling milled stock. I know that I wouldn’t even have a clue how to begin on something like this. It takes a lot of imagination to visualize the end product when faced with stock consisting of little more than branches and sticks.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 01-29-2008 07:09 PM

Very nice job. Keep up the great work :)

-- Dana,Texas

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#5 posted 01-29-2008 07:27 PM

Really nice. I can appreciate that it would be difficult to work with raw lumber like that.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 01-29-2008 09:39 PM

Great looking piece, I wish we had some birch like that in Texas :)

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#7 posted 01-30-2008 12:18 AM

I really like you chair. There is something about that rustic furniture that just appeals to me. Your chair doesn’t look like a typical Adirondack chair but based on it’s current location it is a true Adirondack Chair :-)) It does look very comfortable and I bet it was tricky joinery.

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

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#8 posted 01-30-2008 12:22 AM

Nice Bench
Can I ask what did you use on the birch to keep the bark from flaking off.

-- Doug Cedar Log Furniture,

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#9 posted 01-30-2008 12:46 AM

oh my!! look at how the seat follows the line of the frame.. WOW..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 04-22-2009 05:26 PM

Love this seat! Ofcourse, I love everything Adirondack… Fantastic work. I own a few Daniel Mack books myself but I haven’t got the nerve to try something like that! Great job.

-- Robbinscabin,

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#11 posted 01-07-2010 12:59 AM

In passing searches, I had once come across a great jig/tool for a mortise and tendon on rustic wood. It was basically a giant “pencil sharpener” with a v-groove clamp drill guide. Very cool chair!

-- Jen loves wood!

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