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Project by bigbuddha posted 02-26-2014 11:10 PM 1154 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter’s kindergarten class asked for ideas for their class project donation to the upcoming fundraiser auction. Since nobody else responded, I came up with a few ideas and her teacher loved the chair idea (and apparently volunteered myself). Having never made an adirondack chair, I did some research and remembered Jake’s Chair was highly rated!

40 hours later (I really underestimated the sanding and painting time) , here it is :). Pine from the big box store, painted with milk paint, handprints done by the little artists! Hopefully it’ll sell for a lot and go to a good home! Still need to topcoat, but will use a WB acrylic finish.

-- helen





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MT_Stringer

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#1 posted 02-26-2014 11:15 PM

Outstanding. Let us know how the fundraiser turns out.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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~Julie~

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#2 posted 02-27-2014 12:49 AM

Love the chair, especially the paint!

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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#3 posted 02-27-2014 02:28 PM

That is awesome! I love the final paint job. I have built several Adirondack chairs and know how much work you put into this charity project. If you can, let us know where you found the plans for this child sized version.

-- Campzeke, Tampa, FL

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#4 posted 02-27-2014 08:05 PM

That is a fine chair! Great job!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#5 posted 02-27-2014 08:21 PM

Thanks everyone!

I got the free plans from here: http://www.mossor.org/HTML/EaglePages/Chair/jake.html

Another person digitized them into CAD: http://www.twistedknotwoodshop.com/jakes-chair.htm

The chair is actually adult size, but I think you would be able to scale it down for a child! I was just thinking about that this morning, since I can make a couple of kid sized ones for my daughters!

Also, on a sad note, it looks like the creator of Jake’s chair passed away a couple of years ago.

-- helen

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~Julie~

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#6 posted 02-27-2014 09:35 PM

I don’t think Helen will mind me jumping in.

I blogged about making a small chair a few years ago, you can read it here:
Child's Chair

The chair I made is from R. Fritz at Creekside Woodshop and called the Lauren Chair, here is the pdf for it.

edited to add: I see Ron Fritz also has a Adirondack style chair at the same site as above, here's the drawing

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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bigbuddha

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#7 posted 02-28-2014 12:10 AM

Julie: I even commented on that blog post!! Alas, I never got around to making it, but now I have incentive to!!!

-- helen

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~Julie~

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#8 posted 02-28-2014 12:18 AM

Helen: If you notice I did lengthen the legs and change the back slats. Also, it’s not a curved back. The adult Adirondack chairs I’ve made have curved backs and are very comfortable. Maybe children don’t sit long enough for it to matter though!

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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#9 posted 03-11-2014 01:18 AM

Chair sold for $500 at the school auction!! yeah!!!

-- helen

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#10 posted 03-11-2014 02:27 AM

Woo hoo, Helen, that is great. Makes all the hard work worthwhile, I would think.

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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