|Project by MasterSergeant||posted 08-15-2013 09:22 PM||2489 views||14 times favorited||15 comments|
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