|Project by J. Curtis Goforth||posted 05-09-2011 02:16 PM||2528 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
I recently made this Adirondack chair for my mother for Mother’s Day. It was my first time using plans, which I got from Lee Valley. It was also my first experience making and using templates. I learned not to make templates out of 1/8” hardboard because it is too thin for the bearing on most router bits to follow.
The Lee Valley Adirondack chair is a very comfortable one complete with numerous compound angles and some rather complicated instructions. It also took me a lot longer than it would have if I had used a design that wasn’t so complex. I made this one out of treated pine with brass screws (countersunk and filled). I wouldn’t recommend the Lee Valley plans if you want to turn out several of these—go instead with simpler plans like the ones from Norm.
I learned another hard lesson with this build because I ended up having to wait a few months in between when I milled the lumber and when I started the assembly—not a smart move! The back slats of that treated pine twisted and bowed like crazy. The end result wasn’t too bad, but in the future I will definitely budget my time better so that I can do the assembly and cutting around the same time. Thanks for looking.