Obligatory Adirondack Chairs, and deck

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These are six adirondack chairs I made recently. They were a good start to getting my skills up to date. The white one is the first I built as a sample after a false start – I realised I had to build a jig to ensure the uprights matched both sides so the base sat level on the ground. Once I got the white one correct I followed with the other five which are simply varnished – I will have to repaint all to match. Reasonably happy due to the rush to get them finished, so as a result (as someone put it)- they are 2 yarders – don’t get too close. I will do some again but will make the back slightly more upright and will route more of the edges to get a softer cleaner look – basically spend more time on finishing. They are very solid and will last a long time.

At the same time I had to redo the deck after 40 years of weather damage had made it dangerous. It was done back in the 70’s and basic pine painted with creosote was used, This time I used CCA? impregnated pine which should last long after I am gone. Timber construction here is almost non existent so am pleased with what I did with no real knowledge of timber framing construction, and only basic tools.

-- Forest Grump

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#1 posted 02-26-2014 01:21 PM

Looks good. You are in Zimbabwe? How did you get cca pine?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 02-26-2014 01:44 PM

Very nice, a project I’ll be knee deep in within a few months. I can’t tell which one is the white one?

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#3 posted 02-26-2014 01:55 PM

Bill – Yes in Zim for my sins – One company here pressure treats if you order.
Bigblock – sorry it was in the forefront, but has been cropped out when I took the photo – Enjoy your build, I recommend doing the jig before you proceed – I thought you could line up the uprights simply, but with the curves and angles it isn’t. My first one was way off!

-- Forest Grump

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#4 posted 02-26-2014 11:55 PM

Thanks for the info, I was hoping to try it without a jig, but then if I end up making several I know I’ll be kicking myself. So I guess a jig is in my future before I start.

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#5 posted 02-27-2014 12:50 PM

They look great, well done!! I was also surprised to see you were using pine in Zimbabwe.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 02-27-2014 01:59 PM

Hi Jack – We grow pine here in plantations, it was introduced in the early part of the 20th century as the settlers need construction timber – it is fast growing and harvested in about 25 years, which according to the experts is fast – however as a result it has quite a coarse grain unlike the Oregon pine, and which I guess is native to N. America. It is not a great wood, as it bows and twists very easily, but is relatively cheap. . It’s ok to experiment with etc. When I get better I hope to graduate to our local exotics like Rhodesian Teak, Mukwa Tamboti and Ebony.

-- Forest Grump

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#7 posted 10-10-2015 07:46 AM

Looks very good.
Just by looking at the chairs and the deck on which those ares ate on. looks very relaxing.

-- Thinus van Vuuren -- The Bitterness of poor Quality remains long after the Sweetness of low price is Forgotten.

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