Some cold weather last weekend kept me from staining the adirondack chair as quickly as I had hoped. But the temperatures warmed up a bit this week, allowing me to finish the last bit of staining yesterday afternoon. This morning, the chair moved to my front yard.
This was my first furniture-making project and it included a few deviations from the stock plans. Overall, I am very happy with how the chair turned out, though I learned a few things along the way that might save you some hassle if you undertake a project like this.
- If planning to stain or paint the chair, leave adequate space between the slats in the seat and back to accomodate the paint brush– or finish with a sprayer.
- Although cedar costs more than treated pine, it will look great without the time and expense of painting or staining.
- Have plenty of sandpaper on hand– particularly if you are not using a router to roundover the edges or a band saw to cut your curves. I used a lot of sandpaper softening edges and smoothing out imperfect jigsaw curves.
- Work in volume. This was an intentional prototype, but now that I’ve decided to keep the chair, I wish I had built two (or more) instead of one. It will be more work to repeat all my steps for the second chair instead of building in bulk the first time.
UPDATE: Cost Estimate:
Thanks to 1916Home for reminding me to post a cost estimate for the project. This is a bit tricky because in some cases I had the materials already and in other cases I only needed a portion of the unit I bought. These were my expenses as best I can recall them:
- Lumber: $30-40 – All ACQ-treated pine 1×2, 1×4, 1×6, 1×8 and 1x10s
- Hardware: $10 – Used only a portion of the coated screws I bought
- Wood filler and sandpaper: $4 – Medium grit quarter sheets + a portion of my WoodEpox kit.
- Stain: $30 – This project barely dented the gallon I bought.
- Other incidentals like saw blades (I used up a jigsaw blade) not included.
Estimated chair materials cost: $45