Adirondack chair

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Project by sandhill posted 02-26-2008 02:23 AM 2069 views 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m surprised it took me this long to get around to making one of these. I am waiting for the plugs to dry so I can cut them flush and sand them I think there are about 70 or 80. I have been making so much stuff out of Red Oak I am getting tired of looking at it. I may paint it white but I hate to cover the wood! It was a very easy project and everything came out perfect except for one part, don’t put the seat slats on until the back goes on first but except for that everything went together like a glove with no tweaking needed. “Thanks for looking”

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#1 posted 02-26-2008 02:28 AM

sandhill, Looks like a nice piece of work. I have always wanted to build those also, but never got around to it. I saw one with a Deer head cut into the back which would look great on one of my decks, have to get to it someday.

Why did you choose oak?


-- Upstate New York -- Do what you love and never work a day in your life.

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#2 posted 02-26-2008 02:33 AM

i have thought about making a mass amount of these to sell out of some outdoor wood. They sell for a lot and it would be fun to set up all the jigs to mass produce something.

Yours looks great. What finish will you use to preserve the oak outside? Spar?

-- making sawdust....

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#3 posted 02-26-2008 03:17 AM


This chair is a very nice project. But you do realize that you need two of them. Sounds like more shop time is in order to me.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#4 posted 02-26-2008 03:38 AM

I’ve been wanting to do one of these. Yours is extremely nice! You worked from a plan?

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

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#5 posted 02-26-2008 03:43 AM

Nice looking chair, looks comfy too. As long as you have the pattern keep em rolling. mike

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

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#6 posted 02-26-2008 05:12 AM

Thank you for the kind words,
I was going to use “Flecto clear finish 1000 varathane semi-gloss” because it is used on floors. Two guys at woodcrafters said to use Thompson’s water seal? I guess that would be quick and easy. So I am up in the air about what to use. I have about 55 BFT of “Spanish Cedar” I think I can get a few chairs out of it and I have all the templates cut out from doing this one. I think I would change the design to allow for a back support because of the cedar being so soft. I can’t wait to start running it over the jointer the shop should smell good. I will start selling them as soon as I have a few more made.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#7 posted 02-26-2008 11:28 AM

Any chance of a picture from the back so I can see how the arms connect up?

Lovely looking chair mate :)

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#8 posted 02-26-2008 01:33 PM

great chair. Gotta love a “no tweaking required” fit.

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#9 posted 02-26-2008 03:07 PM

OMG don’t use Thompson’s water seal you’ll regret it. I don’t even use the stuff on my fence as it doesn’t even last one summer. Most folks get a marine poly or varnish for outdoor projects. Yup right from the boat shop. And please don’t paint them…I love red oak :>)...a good marine varnish and they will look awesome. Great work it looks fantastic.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#10 posted 02-26-2008 04:22 PM

I agree with Critterman above use the marine polly, you have put enough work into it and should use the best finish that you can find. The oak will look great for some time with that finish.

-- Hope Never fails

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#11 posted 02-26-2008 11:01 PM

Thanks for the advice :=) Can you imagine? The guys that told me that were supposed to be wood workers, go figure… I like the Marine varnish myself. I will post pic’s when done in a day or two right now I am looking for a design for the arm supports. What do you think of no support on the back? It has 2” screws into the back support and half lapped to the arms at the back

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#12 posted 02-27-2008 07:22 AM

Here is the finished product. I used Teak Oil and in a few days I will put on a clear satin Poly no shine and maybe a coat of wax to serve as a water repellant.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#13 posted 02-27-2008 08:57 PM

A luxurious chair

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 02-29-2008 11:14 AM

Thanks for the extra picture mate (the one from the rear) – it all makes sense now :D

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#15 posted 02-29-2008 05:12 PM

Kane there are 2” screws at the arm across the back and at the bottom, 5 across to be exact. I did use a basic plan but changed it some.
Thanks for looking and the kind words everyone

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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