Adirondack chairs

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Project by ThomasPittman posted 05-31-2013 04:05 PM 1526 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just uploaded my first project on here yesterday. It was a rotating book/trinket shelf. These “Jake’s Chairs” were my first real project though. They are what started me in woodworking. After just moving into our first house, my wife went to do work doing a night shift. I went out for a drive, saw one of the big box stores and went in, as I’d never been there before. Looking around I saw the circular saws and thought “every man needs a circular saw.” I bought it, brought it home and though, “what the heck can I do with this now?” Being my first real too, I researched projects that could be done with minimal tools and found “Jake’s Chair.” Afer buying a jigsaw and getting a Valentine’s Day router as a present, I was hard at it. The first one was built completely outside in February on our deck with only those tools and a cordless drill. I was a little concerned about how long the pine would hold up, but the first one is still holding up after 4 years, even being left outside, buried under the snow for months during our Newfoundland winters.

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#1 posted 05-31-2013 04:41 PM

Well done my friend – that just goes to prove that you don’t need a big shop to create beautiful and functional pieces.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 05-31-2013 04:44 PM

Great job, hard to go wron with these great chairs. Nice use of the new tools.

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

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#3 posted 05-31-2013 07:09 PM

Good looking chairs Thomas. Welcome to LJ!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 06-01-2013 12:31 AM

Great job, did you have plans for this or just by eyeball? I have been thinking of trying to make those…..


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#5 posted 06-01-2013 01:39 AM

Thanks. ASUAlumni02, I did have plans for the chairs that were not my own. The site that I found them on was free and just required that you not sell the plans and that they always be called “Jake’s chair’s.”

I went a step further and blew the plans up to actual size, printed on multiple sheets of paper, traced them, and made 1/4” templates for each part out of mdf. It does however say on the site that most of the curves and such are not critical, and that the parts don’t have to be exactly as shown in the plans.

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#6 posted 06-02-2013 07:33 AM

These look great.
I see a boat load of people making them in one variation or another.
Are they comfortable to sit on as is or do you need cushions????
I need a push if I am going to build one…......................

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 06-02-2013 01:59 PM

Very nice!! Welcome to LJ’s and thanks for posting.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 07-09-2013 01:00 AM

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