first project, Jake's Chair

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Project by James Alberding posted 06-28-2012 09:15 PM 3226 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had been wanting to get Adirondack style chairs for my deck since I moved into my house. When I saw how much they cost I decided to build my own. I found the website,, and it inspired me to look for a drill and a router on craigslist and build my own.

while I was looking for examples of the Jake’s chair, I found a project post here on LJ’s and now I’m hooked.

thanks for looking… questions and comments are welcome, and I posted blogs while building it so feel free to check that out also.

-- measure once, cut twice...

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David Hacke

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#1 posted 06-28-2012 09:34 PM

Looks awsome you can make them into rockers to i have pics in my projects of ones I do and kinda nice to rock the evenings away on the deck any questions if you want to that hit me up

-- Dave, Kelso, Washington

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#2 posted 06-28-2012 09:38 PM

Nice work. Pretty great being able to make stuff for yourself, huh?

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 06-28-2012 10:58 PM

Great work!

If this is to remain outside and in the weather, you might consider sinking the screws in and plugging them as that’s the primary cause of rotting.

Just a thought.

This design looks great, BTW!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 06-29-2012 12:00 AM

Looks really nice. Great job on this!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#5 posted 06-29-2012 12:51 AM

I give you an A. Looks like a seasoned woodworker built it. You’re hooked now.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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James Alberding

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#6 posted 06-29-2012 01:59 AM

@David, I looked at your chairs, very nice. This design is ment for 1x construction, but I really like the look of the 2x construction. I might try making the legs out of 2x material so it will give them a look of a solid “foundation”. I do like the rocker, and plan on making a couple eventually.

@Brian, yeah man, its satisfying to know you made it yourself. I’m looking forward to the day that someone asks where I bought them and I can ay nowhere, I built it. I’ve already had one friend say he had no idea I was capable of building stuff, now he knows one more reason I’m so awesome! :)

@Bob, Thanks! I’ve looked at a lot of different Adirondack chairs, and I really do like this design the best. I think I want to get creative with the back slats and the material I use in the future, but the guy who designed the chair did a great job! Mostly I like that it’s really sturdy, and comfortable forme at 6’6” 350lbs. I have thought about using a wood filler to cover the screws. And in the future I might do that. I have a covered portion of my deck so ill try to keep them out of the rain for the most part. But I do like your idea, and I actually saw a bit that counter sinks for wood plugs today that I may buy.

@jjw5858, thank you, means a lot coming from a traditional wood worker.

@cutworm, hell yeah I’m hooked. Other than practical things I want to build for my house, I have a list of projects that keeps growing every time I look at this site! Thanks man ill take an A

-- measure once, cut twice...

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#7 posted 06-29-2012 02:12 AM


Instead of wood putty, cut wood plugs and use them to cover the screwheads. The putty will be ugly and probably fail quickly in the weather. Plugs can either blend in or be design elements depending on material and how they’re installed…


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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James Alberding

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#8 posted 06-29-2012 02:33 AM


I agree. Would use the plugs over filler for sure.


-- measure once, cut twice...

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#9 posted 06-29-2012 06:07 PM

Nice job! I know the feeling. I’ve been making rustic deck furniture for the past couple months and I am totally hooked. And this site is great for feedback and ideas. Look forward to future posts.

-- David, Spring Hill, FL -- making projects from recycled pallets

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#10 posted 06-30-2012 03:27 AM

Hey! Great Job James! I was excited to see someone else building these chairs… I recently went through the same thoughts about building them instead of buying them… I’m in the process of creating the templates now, I have the raw stock cut but will be putting the templates on soon so I can cut each piece then edge them with my router table, stain and assemble. I’m building two at the same time and hope they come out nice like yours. I’ve been sitting on the uncomfortable plastic deck chairs for far too long… can’t wait to get these done and slide down in to full relaxation.

Thanks for sharing

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James Alberding

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#11 posted 06-30-2012 04:27 AM

Thanks David, I’ve gotten great info and advice here already. I wish I could afford to run out and buy a bulk load of wood for a whole bunch of chairs right now! I hope you have some of those chairs posted, I’m really having trouble figuring out what wood I should use next. I keep hearing so many different things its hard to know. I’m hoping to see what everyone else uses to help me make up my mind

JR_Dog, thanks a lot. I guarantee you will be happy with the chairs. It is a very sturdy, and comfortable chair. Even for me at 6’6” 350lbs. I’m working on setting up a crude router table now so the process is much smoother. I will be doing a set also once I get the money for this first one I made. I’m hoping to make the money to build a bunch for my deck by selling a few. I should be a Jake’s Chair pro in NO TIME! haha. But untill I can afford to build more ill keep trying to finding more projects to build with free wood. I too have been hoarding pallets. I’m building a couple planter boxes now that I will be posting about soon.

-- measure once, cut twice...

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#12 posted 06-30-2012 04:42 AM

super looking chair nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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James Alberding

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#13 posted 06-30-2012 02:00 PM

Thank you James

-- measure once, cut twice...

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#14 posted 07-05-2012 07:32 PM

great job James, how do you like the way the chair feels?

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James Alberding

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#15 posted 07-06-2012 01:56 AM

Thanks buck, I love it. I’m 6’6” and 346lbs and it holds up perfectly. I might customise the length of the seat frames for myself for a couple inches but it really doesn’t need it.

-- measure once, cut twice...

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