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Blog entry by sawblade1 posted 11-28-2010 12:58 AM 856 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good Evening LJ’s,

This week I decided to share how I make my Adirondack chairs :)
Recently I finished my Template system for my bandsaw to compliment my other jigs that I have built
so Let me shut my mouth and let the pics do the talking :)

This is The templates for one chair

This is how I store them when not in use

Here’s how they attach to the wood using sheet metal screws
(note I cut them to length after I attach templates )

Sorry for the blurry pic I snapped it as I was cutting But this is the next step in making the parts for the chairs:)
The pin following the template is from rockler and can be adjusted for flush cutting

Cleaning up after the bandsaw

After the sander and router to finish off rounding over parts they head to the assembly jig, It is nothing special just something simple to help keep everything aligned (actually built under a competed chair) the things clamped to the top of the front legs keep my arms aligned as you will see in the next pic while drilling pilot screw holes

Note how they are centered

Next the back slats and the rest of the seat slats

Viola completed chairs
When you are like me and planning to do over 100 chairs this next spring jigs and templates like this assist you and you make the least amount of mistakes while doing so :)
any piece of furniture will benefit from this if you have more than one to make :)
Until next week take care :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 01:08 AM

Looks like an efficient little system you have developed.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 01:16 AM

Uh, can I borrow those templates…..... just asking…...

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 02:02 AM

Those are some nice chairs.

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 02:55 AM

Great looking chairs, thanks for the pics, it’s always nice to see how something is made, and the tools and jigs you use.

Thank you, Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#5 posted 11-28-2010 03:09 AM

Great set up. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work.

-- Randon Riegsecker,

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#6 posted 11-28-2010 03:46 AM

Very well organised.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 11-28-2010 04:39 AM

Looks to me that you have this down to a science ;) Also looks like fun!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 11-28-2010 05:21 AM

Nice chairs and it was wise to make those good templates. They’ll save you a bunch of time. I hae been meaning to make an Adirondac chair but I want to change 2 things: Make them about 3-4” higher so us old folks can get out of them and make them so they fold up and store easy.

Thanks for sharing. You’ll be all set for production come spring~~

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

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#9 posted 11-28-2010 07:14 AM

Great template system you developped. With that you can mass produce.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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