Norm, Jake Hybrid Adirondack

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Project by buckeyetd posted 12-06-2013 02:19 AM 3292 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve built both Norm Abrams and Jakes Chair in previous projects and like both chairs as both have their own very unique qualities but have for some time thought about combining the two designs into one with a few of my own modifications added in. The seat width is 24” instead of the 27” Jakes Chair and 22” NYWS Chair. The back is kind of my own creation with 5 4” slats and 2 1.5” slats with an aggressive 16” arc on top and slices taken out of the bottom sides for some style points. I’m going to make another minor change to this design this weekend on some new chairs I’m building with the back raising forward 1” to lesson the angle a bit as I believe it’s a bit much for some folks, although it’s extremely comfortable to sit in just like it is. The chair is made with rough cut cypress lumber from Axley Brothers in Pinellas County Florida. I look forward to your comments questions and concerns on my latest adirondack chair build.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 12-06-2013 02:48 AM

The main idea with Adirondack Chairs is comfort. They look very comfortable.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-06-2013 03:19 AM

Cool looking chair. It would fit in my yard nicely. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 12-06-2013 04:40 AM

Great looking chair!! I like your design!!...............Jim

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

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#4 posted 12-06-2013 05:50 AM

Great job

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#5 posted 12-06-2013 09:11 AM

Nice job, look comfy…...

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

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#6 posted 12-06-2013 02:03 PM

Very nice. I have built several of Norm’s chairs and I agree that the back tilt is a bit too much.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 12-07-2013 03:41 AM

Have to agree, looks good and I think that the change in incline/angle will help.

-- DA

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#8 posted 12-07-2013 07:21 PM

I love your chair, Tim. Talk about an outdoor party with your own table for food and drink. The arms are awesome. But I love my chairs also, very comfortaable and pretty. Mom

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#9 posted 12-07-2013 09:51 PM

I think I would need the 27” model, great chair

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 12-10-2013 05:46 PM

Great looking and well crafted. Look really sturdy and comfy. I’m sure it will last long outdoors. Great job!

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#11 posted 12-19-2013 02:12 AM

I’ve been looking at Norm’s chair design lately myself. I like your ideas.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#12 posted 02-10-2014 02:58 AM

Just updating this project with a couple new chairs with slightly different arm lengths to lesson the angle of the back of the chair. I think I’m going to stick with 27” arms as this seems to be the best design for comfort and ease of getting in and out the chair.

28” Arms

27” Arms

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