Camphouse Adirondacks

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Project by ksteen posted 02-25-2013 08:09 AM 2568 views 20 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest project that was built for my uncle’s cabin in North Alabama. I built my first set of Adirondacks a little over a year ago as a birthday present for my wife after seeing a set locally that I really liked. Now I am on my fifth pair and the second variation which I think is the best of the two designs. I guess I will have to make her a new set based on the latest version. I had originally added the upright pieces to the seat supports directly on their face and then I would place some spacers between the rockers and the seat supports to keep everything lined up. On this version I bought some full two inch cypress and made a lap joint for the attachment of the uprights and the seat supports so that they would be a bit stronger and also keep me from having to add the spacers to the back. As a result they just turned out to be a lot “cleaner” looking. I finished them off with a satin polycrylic finish since they are actually going to be used indoors. Everything in the cabin is either cedar or cypress so they fit right in. Now I just need to make a good set of templates and a few jigs to make assembly a little quicker and also make the design easier to repeat because it seems that I already have a few more people interested in having a couple of their own.

-- Ken, Mississippi

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 02:58 PM

Sweet looking chair, Ken! I just my have to try a rocker one of these days.

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 03:29 PM

Thanks for the compliment. I was planning on building a regular adirondack before I saw this design and the guy that was showing them to me told me that if I sat down in one of these then I wouldn’t want to build the other kind and he was right. They are just more comfortable and much easier to get out of.

-- Ken, Mississippi

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 03:57 AM

love em

-- Jesus Is Alright with me



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#4 posted 02-26-2013 08:59 PM

Nice work Ken, been considering building a pair of these soon.

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#5 posted 02-27-2013 06:53 AM

They look really great, but a rocker adirondack…..wouldn’t you spill your drink??

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#6 posted 02-27-2013 02:55 PM

Topapilot – you have discovered one of the two inherent flaw of the chair. You can definately spill your drink with the rocker and it can also make you want to take a nap. I can fix one of the flaws with that outdoor table that you have posted but I don’t know what to do about the nap. I will think about that after I take my nap. Ha.

-- Ken, Mississippi

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#7 posted 02-27-2013 04:49 PM

Great looking cozy chair! Like the design and the build. Great job!

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#8 posted 02-27-2013 07:54 PM

Your Adirondacks Chairs look very comfortable! Nice work Ken!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!



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#9 posted 02-20-2014 06:34 PM

Ken these are gorgeous, great craftsmanship. I need to build a couple for my oldest son & his wife and haven’t really found a design I cared much for until these. Did you wing it, buy plans or use something from Sketchup?

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