Building an Adirondack Chair

by Josh on March 24, 2009 · 5 comments

in furniture,Projects

Since I moved in to this house, I thought it needed a pair of adirondack chairs for the yard.  Recently I decided to activate that project and work on it in the garage in the evenings after the kids are in bed.

There are countless sources for adirondack chair plans, but I chose to buy a plan set at Rockler because it came with complete templates for both adult and child size chairs.  I also chose this plan because it uses the arms to support the back–not an additional vertical back support–just because I prefer how that looks.

So far I have completed much of the basic assembly:

Adirondack Assembly 1

Of course, the first thing I did was deviate from the plan.  I wanted to try to make the chair have a bit more of a “craftsman” look to it, so I made the center back from wider 1×8 boards instead of 1x4s and extended the tails of the arm supports.  

Although I like that the design looks custom, I’m not convinced I’ve nailed the look I was going for.  Fortunately, a neighbor who walked by my open garage liked it enough to offer to buy a pair from me.  Once I get the chair finished, I will have to decide whether to keep or sell it.   I still want some chairs for my yard, but if I sell a couple first I should be able to get mine for free.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Derek March 24, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Looks great. I have to finish the arts and crafts style outdoor couch I’m working on, summer will be upon us before we know it… I bought some adirondack chairs (they call them Muskoka chairs in Canada). They’re not bad for 25 bucks a piece, and they’re folding too. Who knows where they got the wood from though, that’s the part I’m not too excited about.

Reply March 24, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Wow, excellent. This too has been on my to do list for a while now. Cant wait to see finished photos! I went for making a bungalow mailbox instead. Several praises for the box and a neighbor said he would buy it, but Ive kept it for now. I think in the future I will make another mailbox and give it to him… the guy is always coming over and helping me out if I need the help. I couldnt have done my whole 150ft fence in one day without his help.


Stacy March 24, 2009 at 7:30 pm

this would be a great thing for a silent auction … or say for a fellow bungalow owner! They look awesome and I like your custom touches.

Reply April 5, 2009 at 5:20 pm

What type of wood did you use on this project? There are some *nice* Adirondack chairs in an upscale gardening store not far from me. For a teak wood chair they want $400 for one. I think the oak version was $250.


Josh April 5, 2009 at 7:01 pm

@Stacy– Thanks! I have considered donating the chair to our preschool’s gala silent auction, though I haven’t decided for sure. The more I work on it, the more I want to keep it!

@1916home– For $400, those must be very nice chairs! Because mine is a prototype, I decided to make this chair from treated pine. I have intended to make future versions from cedar, particularly if I decide to try selling them.


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