Norms Chair Build (NYWS)

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Project by buckeyetd posted 07-03-2012 06:36 PM 3221 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently built this chair from the plans from Norms NYWS. It’s built with rough cut Cypress. I picked up the lumber in the rainy season in southern florida and had to wait a while for it to dry a little but all in all I’m very happy with the way the build went. I had expected this chair to be a little uncomfortable in the front with the 90 degree drop off but this chair is extremely comfortable. The chair next to it is the Jake’s Chair build I did last month which I recently sold and the new owner loves the chair which makes me feel good that someone appreciates and enjoys something I’ve created. I did experience some peeling on this build that I didn’t on the Jake’s Chair and I think it might have been the wood still might have been a little wet yet. I used a Makita Table Saw, Porter Cable Jig Saw, Old Chop Saw, Delta Planer, Milwakee Drill, Ryobi Router, Bousch Router Table and a cordless drill to make this project.


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#1 posted 07-03-2012 06:42 PM

Looks great Norm would be proud :)

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#2 posted 07-03-2012 06:49 PM

Both chairs are great. If you don’t mind me asking, where did you get the idea/plans for “Jake’s Chair”?

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#3 posted 07-03-2012 06:51 PM

Very nice chairs!

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#4 posted 07-03-2012 07:17 PM

Chris you can download everything you need from



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#5 posted 07-03-2012 10:19 PM

Nice chairs, Norm Abram would be proud.

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#6 posted 07-03-2012 10:29 PM

I like. Which is more comfortable?

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#7 posted 07-04-2012 12:57 AM

Nice build on Norm’s chair. I have built several designs and always come back to Norm’s design. In fact I have made plywood templates for all the parts.

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#8 posted 07-04-2012 03:05 AM

After a closer look, I realized that that’s the exact same chair that my 7th grade shop teacher had us build YEARS ago! Now I know where he got the plans. Mine isn’t nearly as nice but its still in great condition. I used PT fir and my mom uses it all the time (when the weathers nice… she lives 20mi outside of Cincinnati.)

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#9 posted 07-04-2012 09:28 AM

I have made over a thousand of these chairs back in the day armed with this plan a stacks of rough cut redwood I made these with Daniel up to 100 at a time. We sold them on eBay in a kit form with all the nuts bolts screws and Plans. I don’t know If I still have the plans but hope we do it is a project that we are setting up to make again. by plans I mean our assembly instructions. I would like to change the parts a bit and want to make the chairs out of ipie. Redwood and teak. I cant get much cypress here in California but if I get a source, I will add that to the mix as well. I have not built Jake’s chair but thought about it before. I love this design over any other Adirondack chair I think that norm did a great job designing it. Your execution was great 5 stars out of five

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#10 posted 07-04-2012 12:31 PM

great chair….

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#11 posted 07-04-2012 01:17 PM

Thanks for the kind words everybody. I checked out and joined your website dude and I just want to say what a great source this will be for me in the future.


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#12 posted 07-04-2012 01:29 PM

twoblacklabs- Both of these chairs are very comfortable and unique in their feel. The Jake’s Chair is more suitable for someone of above average size. Although I fit well in either at 6’2”. I also like the extra wide arms on the J C for drinks.


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#13 posted 07-04-2012 03:49 PM

I built a few of these using white cedar…a bit knotty compared to yours, but there are no close wood suppliers here carrying cypress. This one is aromatic cedar….

I really like the clean look of your chair, she is a beauty.

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#14 posted 07-04-2012 07:30 PM

Very nice! Just started woodworking and the Jake’s Chair is what got me started. I used poplar for my first run, and haven’t decided what to build the next ones out of. Is cedar too soft to hold up to a moist climate? I live in Seattle.

-- measure once, cut twice...

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#15 posted 07-05-2012 07:29 PM

Thanks James. I’ve used red cedar up north on adirondack’s and chairs set out through rainy and winter seasons with no adverse effects. You may consider sealing it though with all the rain you guys get, deck sealer once or twice a year should suffice.
Welcome to the wood working world.


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