Adirondack Chair

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Project by jwicks posted 07-10-2008 04:09 PM 1927 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this chair (based on Norm’s plans) back in June of ‘07. It was made with hand tools and some hand power tools (router, jigsaw, drill). The wood is cypress which I dimensioned using hand tools (scrub, jointer plane, jack plane). I gained a lot of experience with hand planes from it, but needless to say, shortly after I purchased a power planer. I’ve made one other chair since this one and am currently planning 2 more.

-- Jon

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#1 posted 07-10-2008 04:13 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#2 posted 07-10-2008 04:45 PM

jwicks- welcome to Lumberjocks you’ll feel right at home here. I like your adirondack, made a few myself. I think cypress is the best wood for them. I couldn’t help noticing the placement of your woodworking vise. Could you be a lefty too? There is a blog on LJ here someplace devoted to leftys, I didn’t make a comment though. bob

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#3 posted 07-10-2008 04:55 PM

I like the adirondacks, I just need to stop turning long enough to make some of them.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#4 posted 07-10-2008 05:17 PM

welcome jwicks…I am working on my second one right now…and boy how nice is it to make the second one…even though one year later…I am learning alot!

I love the fact that you used a lot of hand tools…I have lno experience with hand planes…but many say it is rewarding when you get them working smoothly…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 07-10-2008 05:22 PM

Welcome, jwicks. You may perceive by my screen name that I am a staunch defender of the old tools. Now that I’m semi-professional (semi-amateur) learning to be what I call eclectic, which may mean enjoying the time-saving benefits that only the eclectic company can provide…

I very much like your chair, and hadn’t thought of using cypress. Great job!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#6 posted 07-10-2008 05:54 PM

jwicks, I have made these chair also using Nahm’s plans. Don’t they sit goooood! They kind of hold you in there and won’t let you up.

I made a set of full size templates from 1/2 inch MDF of all of the parts, so when I “need” one, I can whip them puppies out. I have three in my front yard for the neighbors to google at. Mostly the birds sit on them and they are your harshest critics, you know. They let you know what they think of your woodworking skills. I ought to show them my BB gun skills, but you know them PETA people would come down on me like a ton of ipe! In the meantime, I’ll just show them my “hosing off” skills. Oh, well.

Hey, go to and get you some stainless steel carriage bolts and screws. Really brings the value of your work up and by the looks of the photos, you do some quality work. Keep it up.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#7 posted 07-10-2008 09:37 PM

I started to collect the hardware but never completed the project. My wife asked for so the sky the limit on her projects. I have Norms plans from a Magizine so I have not one reason that its not done. You’re on the other hand looks picture perfect.
Thanks for taking the time for showing your skills.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#8 posted 07-10-2008 10:51 PM

Nice chair…How were the plans to follow?

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#9 posted 07-11-2008 05:53 AM

Thanks everyone. I’ve only made them out of cypress so far but found it easy to work with hand tools.

Bob – Yup, I’m a lefty, nice find.

Sawdustonmyshoulder – I also took the time to make full size templates (1/4 inch masonite) which saved a lot of time for the second one. Thanks for the tip on mcfeelys.

Chris – I found it easy to follow the NYW plans. I blew up some of the drawings to make the full size templates.

-- Jon

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#10 posted 07-12-2008 06:49 PM


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#11 posted 07-14-2008 09:48 PM

Nice chair.Great job!

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