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Project by Masterchief posted 04-15-2008 09:26 PM 1583 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the end result of the adirondeck chair I built from modified plans from Popular Mechanics. I have always wanted one but never liked the ones in the store. Here is my concept, I love hunting as much as I do woodworking and I wanted to put an inlay on the chair, Rockler had the right piece, The Mallard. So I modified the plans I downloaded and designed the back to simulate the ducks tail feathers. I cut all the slats identical angles and then used the cut-offs to fill in the cracks still allowing room for the wood to breath and expand. The chair is made from solid Ash and treated with 3 coats of tung oil, the chair is curing and then wipe-on poly is next. This chair is definately made for a patio because although the wood species is very strong, the rot resistance factor is low on the chart. A small table is in the works right now for the chair and I also built a serving board from the scraps in the third photo.

Billy

-- When you are at a point in life and you think there is nothing more to learn, then you must understand that you have learned nothing at all. Billy





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trifern

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#1 posted 04-15-2008 11:03 PM

Nice looking chair. I would recommend a spar urethane if it is going outside, even on a protected porch. It is much more moisture and UV protective.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 04-16-2008 12:21 AM

Nice Job on the chair, Billy. I’ve bought a bundle of Ash to do the trim and cabinets in my house. It is fairly “wild grained”, but I’ve found that if you take shallower cuts with your planer and routers, it works fairly good. The tung oil, if you keep building it will give you good protection from water. Any kind of varnish or poly is going to crack and lift eventually and you’ll be sanding it all down again. You might think about painting the end grain of the legs with an epoxy or gorilla glue. This will seal them so they don’t wick up water.

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Masterchief

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#3 posted 04-16-2008 12:26 AM

Good idea, will do. Thanks a million. I have some gorilla glue.

-- When you are at a point in life and you think there is nothing more to learn, then you must understand that you have learned nothing at all. Billy

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crmygdnss

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#4 posted 04-16-2008 02:56 AM

I’d recommend spar as well. I have a bench I made 15+ years ago that’s weathered many an outdoor and that’s the best you’ll get for fighting off all of the outdoor nasties. It’ll still weather, but if you’ve done a good job constructing it, and it looks like you have, it’ll last and only get better with age.

Love the Gorilla glue advice. Never thought to do that! Thanks tenontim.

-- I love woodworking. Except sanding, gluing, cutting long stock, finishing, detail work, sawdust, the cost and loss of time. :)

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Blake

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#5 posted 04-16-2008 03:30 AM

Nice interpretation and variation. I like your version better. The duck is a nice touch.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Bill Akins

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#6 posted 04-16-2008 03:54 PM

Love the chair, especially the mallard. I currently making my third set of chairs.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#7 posted 04-16-2008 04:01 PM

What a great new take on the design. I like the back.

-- making sawdust....

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#8 posted 10-27-2008 02:52 AM

great job

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