Custom Adirondack Chairs

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My First Adirondack Chair
Spring is coming soon to Oregon so I wanted to build a couple of Adirondack chairs. I once purchased some about ten years ago but they were made of pine, a poor choice for outdoor furniture in my opinion so I built mine of cedar. Cedar, on the other hand, is considerably more expensive than pine. I looked at photographs of other chairs and considered order plans but ended up with my own design and had to experiment with the angle of the back, etc. As it turned out, I built a custom chair to MY liking and one for my wife to HER liking.

-- Dale, Sutherlin, Oregon:

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#1 posted 02-27-2013 08:50 AM

Great job, love these style of chairs. Cedar is a great choice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 02-27-2013 12:27 PM

Your chair looks both very comfy and well built. Nice job and wishing you many years of leisure and relaxation in it.

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 02-27-2013 12:29 PM

That time of year. Great job. Just wish I had time to sit in one.

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 02-27-2013 12:44 PM

That is a nice clean build. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 02-27-2013 04:39 PM

I can tell by your design that this is a comfortable chair. Very nice build!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Dennis Reynolds

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#6 posted 02-27-2013 05:54 PM

I love your chair! I am planning on building 2 adirondack chairs this spring. I want one very similar to yours, I really love the high back so my head can rest comfortably. I also want a adirondack rocking chair. I also like building “on my own”, by that I mean not buying plans or just using plans as a guide. It works for me :-) Keep up your great work, I look forward to seeing more !

-- Dennis Reynolds

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#7 posted 02-27-2013 07:15 PM

Nice job on the chair and foot rest. I’m designing a footrest to go with a chair I made for someone a while back. I am making the footrest slope at approximately 70 degrees. Is that in the neighborhood of your foot rest?

-- Mitch, Also blog at

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#8 posted 02-27-2013 09:41 PM

I made two different angles and 70 degrees sounds about right for the one less steep than the one in the photo. You can pull the stool forward or backward to make it right for the individual taste.

-- Dale, Sutherlin, Oregon:

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#9 posted 04-04-2013 11:15 PM

Dale, I’ve got another question for you about the foot rest. are there any pieces going across between the legs? or is everything held together by the cross pieces on top? Thanks in advance.

-- Mitch, Also blog at

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#10 posted 04-05-2013 02:27 AM

The is a 1×4 across the vertical legs about 2 inches from the bottom of the curved leg.

-- Dale, Sutherlin, Oregon:

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