Adirondack Chair

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Project by Steve posted 07-12-2013 02:40 AM 1446 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just finished my Adirondack Chair, made of cedar. The design is from the Family Handyman. I altered the design to make the seat 2 inches deeper and the seat width of 28 inches. I also added an extra support in the middle of the seat. There were several design errors in the write-up, not related to the changes I made to the chair, so in my chair those issues have been corrected. Cedar does not need to be stained or have a finish applied. Though, I am thinking about putting some Thompson’s water seal on it. Leaving the chair as is, the wood will turn a silvery grey.

Cedar of course is rot resistant and should last many years. I liked working with cedar over using pressure treated wood, pressure treated wood is very heavy and I was concerned about toxic elements that are contained in the pressure treated wood.

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#1 posted 07-12-2013 03:19 AM


Nice. I like the way the front-to-back seat supports reduce the angle of the seat compared to the traditional Adirondack.

Where’d you get the cedar?

Cheers – Gary

“it’s better to be at the bottom of a ladder you want to climb that on the middle of one you don’t.”—“Pam” character on British “The Office”, first season

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#2 posted 07-12-2013 03:33 AM

Nice looking chair
You mention that you might use Thompson Water seal on it.
I would suggest that you use the clear and not the Tinted.
I used the tinted and it did not work well at all.

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#3 posted 07-12-2013 04:17 AM

There are two schools of thought on cedar. The first says not to do anything to the wood and it will turn silvery grey, kind of a nice color. It would be my choice. Someone told my daughter that her chair would turn grey, well she is a purple person and she did not like that. The Minwax purple is water based and not for outside. I want to go to a real paint store and talk to them. Most concerns about outside wood revolves around pressure treated wood in which the grain lifts and causes problems, not so with cedar. There are stains specifically made for cedar, so if the wood is to be treated, I want to use that.

-- Have a Happy Day!!!

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#4 posted 07-12-2013 04:32 AM

I do not like the seat design, should have been more sloping, it’s hard to see the problem in the picture. I was just following the instructions as they were presented. I got the cedar wood at Home Depot. The wood quality was questionable. I had to look at the pieces closely to find straight pieces and pieces that had small knots. The wood was 2nd or 3rd grade and was quite expensive, but was preferable over pressure treated wood. Next time I will probably go to a real lumber yard that deals in top quality materials, such as Hammond Lumber in Maine.

-- Have a Happy Day!!!

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