Adirondack Chair

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Project by NickyP posted 09-08-2013 08:45 AM 1246 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m a 54 year old man who has just gotten back in the wood working game after a 30 year hiatus. This was my first project. This turned out to be a really comfortable chair and a fun build, testing my long lost skills using most of the machines in the shop. Speaking of the shop, I’m currently without a truck and my good friend Greg was instrumental in countless runs using his truck and mussel to help get many items to making my dreams of getting a shop together come true. Greg loves to hang out by his pool and I surprised him with the gift of this chair about 6 months ago. Greg loves the chair and uses it often. This first project turned out to be a true win-win for each of us!

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#1 posted 09-08-2013 06:59 PM

Nice chair , Nicky….........and…..........WELCOME TO LUMBERJOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 09-08-2013 09:23 PM

First off, this one looks great.

I have seen a million of these and never sat in one. It just doesn’t look that comfortable. Hard wood and all. I’m afraid if I sat in one, I might like it and then I’d have to build one like you.
You didn’t mention the type of wood…........................

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

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#3 posted 09-08-2013 10:48 PM

Thanks Mike . . . I too was a bit skeptical about the comfort of an Adirondack but jumped in with both hands and never looked back. The first time I sat in it put all fear aside as I was blown away at how great it felt.

The chair is made of kiln dried redwood (beware of those pesky splinters while building!).

A couple of keys to making it comfortable:
- I used a round-over bit on all the slats and glued and screwed them tightly together
- also rounded over the back slats & arms
- the back is curved nicely and cradles you
- it may look like it sits too low but trust me, it’s truly just right
- most importantly the angle of the back is not too much (take a good look at the side view)

I pretty much saturated it with Thomson’s water sealer.

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#4 posted 09-10-2013 05:17 PM

Great work, these have been on the lest for some time now. Hope mine look that good.

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

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#5 posted 09-10-2013 05:20 PM

This is a great looking adirondack chair. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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