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Adirondack Chair Completed

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Project by RussellAP posted 03-09-2012 10:12 PM 2577 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the classic no frills Adirondack Chair. It is complete. I may or may not decided to add a coat of either shellac or some outside varnish. Haven’t decided yet.

This is the first in a hopefully long line of chairs that I plan to sell. I need to make another so I can have a sampler and a demonstrator. The demonstrator will be hauled around to places that express an interest in selling them. I have to get $200.00 a chair to a retailer and if I sell them myself here at the house, I’ll start at $300.00 so I’ll have wiggle room.

I’m working on ways to streamline the production process so if you have any suggestions for production don’t be afraid to share them. Also be brutal with anything you see that needs improvement or change, I’m here to learn and that never stops.

-Smart people ask questions-

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.





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#1 posted 03-09-2012 10:18 PM

Looks pretty darn good Russ . I hope your neighborhood has higher income folks than mine I’d be lucky to get $50 a pop. I hope all goes well on the marketing adventure and you sell tons of chairs. One thing I notice in it’s design is that the back rest support is a lot different than the Adirondacks I’ve seen.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 03-09-2012 10:23 PM

Thanks Jim. I am prepared to go lower if need be. I have a little down town area here in Lees Summit with some pretty high end merchants. I could probably sell it to them, or give them a commission. The possibilities are endless. I wanted to build one before I went too far into marketing them. You never know how you’ll feel about a project until your finished. You might not enjoy doing it, or it may be too difficult for you. My feeling is good about these chairs especially with Neil’s product giving such a good finish.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 03-09-2012 10:31 PM

Jim, the design of the back troubled me too. The plans that I went off didn’t have sufficient measurements for tapering the back. I’ve been toying with the idea of designing something myself rather than using plans. I need to look at it for a while with a beer and a smoke.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#4 posted 03-09-2012 10:39 PM

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#5 posted 03-09-2012 10:53 PM

I like your design, it looks substantial and comfortable

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 03-09-2012 11:08 PM

Thanks Doncutlip. I think 2x’s are the way to go for strength. It is comfortable, but future designs will have a couple more inches in the seat length and a bit more tapering around the knees.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#7 posted 03-09-2012 11:25 PM

Looks good Russ, start mass producing them, I am curious to see how that HF band saw holds up before I get one LOL

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 03-09-2012 11:36 PM

If you wanted to change the back support it looks like on the next one all you have to do is make the back support a little longer and connect them to the arms and leave out the back vertical supports.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/62537

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#9 posted 03-09-2012 11:45 PM

I like that design. I have a design on order too. I’ts probably the best looking one I’ve seen.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#10 posted 03-10-2012 12:09 AM

That is a cool design I like it too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#11 posted 03-10-2012 02:54 AM

Jim you are correct Norm Abrams did a chair several years ago

I have the plans someplace as I wanted to make one. One reason I got the plans was because the back support was connected to the arms and at 300 pounds I need all I can get

-- Norman

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#12 posted 03-10-2012 03:18 AM

I like the way this Tiffany Adirondack looks in back.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#13 posted 03-10-2012 03:27 AM

That’s a lot cleaner look. Looks good.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#14 posted 03-10-2012 04:26 AM

this is a design I build it has been modified off of a design my wife bought me years ago and i fancied up a little. the one on the far side is for a lady the one closest is for a big boy like me 6’4” 270 lbs. Istarted making them out of 2x fir for frame and 5/4 cedar for seat and back now I make them all out of 5/4 cedar. I always have a hard time figuring out how much to charge a person but am going to try to sell mine for 120 each thats twice what materials cost me and most of the time I end up bartering most of my projects for other thinngs like a bandsaw and table saw. also working on one thats a love seat, Best of luck with your chairs they can be lots of fun I have jigs made for all my peices that have odd cuts on them trace them out rough cut them hook patern to them can finish cut them with patern bit on router ever piece comes out the same.

-- Dave, Kelso, Washington

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#15 posted 03-10-2012 04:40 AM

Russ, I like your design…whatever you do, stick with a design that has the curve in the back!

-- Ben

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