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Adirondack Chair, Grandpa version (Prototype)

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Project by MasterSergeant posted 376 days ago 1845 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt at making the Adirondack Chair. I made Adirondack side table and footstools a couple weeks ago. I picked this particular version, “The Grandpa” to better suit my mature age, I don’t bend or get up as well as I use to ;-D, this has the seat higher than others I have seen. The wood I used is cottonwood! Better not breath too hard on it, it could blow away it’s so light. I used an oil based penetrating oil, it went on so much easier than the Spar I used on the footstools and table.
This one is the prototype, I made a few errors that I can correct on the next attempts. I found that making my own plugs is: 1 – cheaper and 2 – I can use the scraps of the pieces to make the plugs and get a perfect match. I made a couple of jigs to help me make the chair, the first was a jig to support the two side rails of the chair. I don’t have enough hands to hold the side rails vertical, plumb, aligned with each other and then attach the seat slats. In the last picture you can see the simple “Square” box I made, I clamp the side rails to this, aligning, plumb and vertical this was so much easier :-P. The other jig I used to hold the vertical back slates in position while I measured and aligned them before attaching.
I’m looking forward to making the other Adirondack Chairs soon. I think I have all the bugs worked out to make some nice additions to our front porch furniture.

Thanks for looking! I had fun making I hope you enjoy looking.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction





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SteveW

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#1 posted 376 days ago

Nice looking chair…I’m building some templates now, for the Lee Valley Adirondack Chair plan.
Hope to find a good choice for outdoor lumber…

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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farmerdude

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#2 posted 376 days ago

Great chair. I like the looks of the higher seat. Also, I’ve seen some with much lower back slats, your tall slats look much better. I use Spar on mine, I’m not sure what you mean about the penetrating oil. Could you give me more info on that, maybe a brand to look for? It sounds really interesting and I’d like to try it. Thanks for posting “The Grandpa”.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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MasterSergeant

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#3 posted 376 days ago

“Ultra Premium Red Label Penofin” is the finish I used. A gallon will go a very long ways finishing a lot of chairs at a cost of around $50 per gallon.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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farmerdude

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#4 posted 376 days ago

Wow, the price is competetive with the Spar around here. I’ve never heard of it, but I’ll be on the hunt so I can try it. Thank you.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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GraniteState

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#5 posted 376 days ago

Great looking chair and the finish is well done also. These are a lot of fun to make. I finally made a pair about 4 years ago and ended up making about 20 more for friends and family. Good templates and jigs are the key

-- Jay from NH......http://www.granitestatewoodworking.com/

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 376 days ago

Great chair and I love when some takes the time to plug all the holes. It shows you really care about the details. I love Penofin I use it on my front door and Gate. So much better than varnish in my opinion. Great job on the chair look fwd to more.

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

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Mainiac Matt

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#7 posted 376 days ago

Count me as one who doesn’t find the traditional Adirondack chair comfortable to sit in…

Can you please tell where you found the Grandpa Chair plan?

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 375 days ago

I like that design better than the low seated ones usually seen. Like Matt, I have never found them comfortable or easy to get out of! Don’t see many cottonwood projects but I’d love to get my hands on some. My tall cypress chair is also REALLY light weight.

I am going to try that finish if I can find a source.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Arnies

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#9 posted 374 days ago

Great Job,,, Looks like it would be much easier to get in and out of than the normal ones. More comfortable for older folks like myself.

-- arnies

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Fishinbo

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#10 posted 372 days ago

Beautiful chair! Looks comfy as well, like the high back, longer legs and the plugs add a lot to its appeal. Great job!

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MasterSergeant

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#11 posted 371 days ago

Thanks to everyone for the nice comments. Yesterday I started making the other two chairs I have planned, I’ll apply the lessons learned on this build to them. I’ll post them when completed with their accompanying footstools and side table.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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MasterSergeant

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#12 posted 370 days ago

I finally got a few minutes to enjoy the new chair.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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KOVA

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#13 posted 351 days ago

BUEN TRABAJO CON ESA SILLA KELLY!!!!!
EL TRUCO PARA OBTENER LOS TACOS ES GENIAL: LO VOY A USAR :-)
Y HABLAS DE UN ABUELO PERO EN ESA FOTO VEO A UN CARPINTERO JÓVEN :-)
A QUIÉN TE REFIERES CON ESO DE ABUELO???? ;-)

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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MasterSergeant

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#14 posted 351 days ago

Thanks KOVA, I’ll accept the compliment ;-D

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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KOVA

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#15 posted 351 days ago

;-) ;-) ;-)

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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