|Review by RONFINCH||posted 05-05-2011 09:06 PM||3345 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
- Woodcraft Rocking Adirondack Chair Plan by Woodcraft
- Brand: Woodcraft | Category: Books
It’s a little scary stepping up your projects in size and difficulties. Since I normally am totally lost when looking at most plans, I thought this would be a good project to start with. I wanted to build this chair out of Cypress, however, my local wood store was out of premium Cypress and convinced me to use Spanish Cedar instead….... won’t do that again. I figured I might could stretch 45 board feet into 2 chairs. So, ordering 45 board feet I was charged for 62 board feet because of the irregular widths of the boards. Paying for 6/4 wood, because they claimed to be out of 5/4 , I realized that after getting home the widths were only 1 1/8ths wide? WTH?? Ok, so I decided to get on with the building. The plans weren’t that hard to understand, except the “full size” plan parts are printed all over each other and trying to figure which line belonged to which piece got a little confusing at times. I used tracing paper and cut out templates so I could use them again for future chairs I may want to build. Man I sure wish I could trace and cut straight…sanding the pieces helped straighted out my crooked lines. Speaking of sanding, did you know that Spanish Cedar can clog up a drum sander in no time at all? With hardware list in hand, I headed to BIG BLUE!!!! Can someone tell me where to find nuts for a lag bolt?? Yep, I was looking, knowing in my mind that HAD to be a misprint…... it was. Actual assembly wasn’t too bad, I followed my own instinct instead of going by the plans, after all, they said to buy nuts for a lag bolt! Looking at it after assembly, I was blinded by all the screws used to construct it. So, I cut plugs, filled the holes, and sanded them down. All in all, I am pleased with the way the chair turned out, and plan to build at least one more. At $13.99 cost for the plan, I feel it was a fair value. After all, the chair looks like it’s suppose to, and didn’t collapse when I sat in it! 4 star rating due to overlapping templates and the “lag bolt nut”.