Adirondack Chair(s)

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Project by Dangerreuss posted 05-29-2011 12:49 AM 4248 views 17 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I consider this to be my first legit project. I’ve done some other projects, but wouldn’t consider them to be my best effort (just some adhoc projects here and there). I just got a table saw, and was itching to do something.

I started this project by building a prototype based on FuzzyDove’s design and also with plans provided by ralmand. This prototype was build with super cheap cedar fence boards, and it was a great way to learn what i wanted to do different/better. The biggest improvement was to hide all the screws/fasteners (except the carriage bolts). I did this using pocket screws – lots of them! I provided some pics of the underside, which is a bit messy but you don’t really see it and its a massive improvement from having them visible.

I used Fir and finished using three coats of Cetol 1. I wanted to build with Ipe or Teak, but couldn’t find any for less than $500 just for one chair’s worth. Has anyone used Cetol 1 without following up with Cetol 23? I love the finish as is, and am not sure what 23 is necessary for? (not sure i wanna apply any more coats either!)

Thanks for viewing! I’m looking forward to adding some more projects…

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#1 posted 05-29-2011 01:07 AM

welcome to LJ’s

beautiful work

onwards and upwards

that’s the nice thing about work
you can see and hold it

much better than thought alone

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#2 posted 05-29-2011 04:18 AM

Great work! I agree the pocket hole joinery makes all the difference on this chair. Welcome to the LJ community.


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 05-29-2011 02:59 PM

Were the plans free? do you them electronically like a PDF file? The chair is really nice and the lines of it are a bit more graceful and less “chunky” than some that I’ve seen.

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#4 posted 05-29-2011 04:09 PM

Great looking chair!! Nice design and build.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 05-29-2011 07:24 PM

Now that is one inviting chair! Nicely done!

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#6 posted 05-29-2011 09:04 PM

I agree with everthing Greengarage said!!! I would love to have a copy of that plan if it was PDF or something!

Good looking chair!!!


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#7 posted 05-30-2011 12:54 AM

I agree, that is a sweet looking chair. The fir has a very nice grain, and the whole thing has a sleekness to it. The pocket hole joinery really makes a difference in the finished look.

-- - Cindy, texture freak -

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#8 posted 05-30-2011 01:39 AM

I agree that the pocket hole joinery made a great improvement on an already well done chair.
Great job and keep ‘em coming.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#9 posted 03-22-2012 08:34 PM

love the chair , was thinking of making one ,how many hours did it take ? could you post me the plans ???? please…......

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#10 posted 03-22-2012 08:47 PM


A very nice chair!

Did you Glue & Screw… or just Screw?

Great job too! LOOKS COOL!

Thank you.

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#11 posted 03-24-2012 05:59 PM

Very nice job!!!

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