Adirondack Chair Project
Another Adirondack Chair Project? Don't we have a ton of these tutorials already? I promise you this project is different. Hold on because this project will bring a woodworking elegance to your backyard or patio. And you don't need a lot of tools and experience to make it.
I used another Adirondack Chair I built a few years ago and modeled this new design after it. This design will use oak plywood and oak dowels for the seat. In the picture above, I'm using a flexible ruler to lay out my curves. If you plan to leave the chair exposed to the rain, then I suggest using an exterior plywood. The plywood I'm using is not exterior, but I keep my chair under the patio out of the rain.
I used a jig saw to cut out the sides and the back. I also used a miter saw to cut the dowels. Look for my tutorial link at the end so you can get the plans, dimensions, and more instructions.
Clamp the two identical sides together and sand away the jagged cuts of the jig saw. A portable belt sander was also used.
I used a 1.25 inch diameter Forstner bit and drilled through both sides while they were clamped together. I highly recommend a drill press for this step so that the 1.25 inch diameter dowels will fit the sides precisely.
Beginning to assemble the chair, starting with 3 dowels in the locations pictured above.
Attach the back first, using 6 - 1.25 inch exterior wood screws.
Tested for fit and glued the oak dowels in place. Used Titebond III wood glue.
I cut out the armrest and their supports and then I used the orbital sander to do the final sanding.
I stained it with a pecan-colored polyshade stain. After the 2 coats dried, I sprayed on several coats of spar urethane. The beauty of the oak has really started to shine.
Again, if you plan to keep your chair out, exposed to direct rain, then I suggest an exterior plywood. And even then, I would recommend sealing it or painting it. I'm not sure if you can get Oak Exterior plywood or not. You may have to go to a specialty wood supply store for this.
Side view of the finished adirondack chair.
Back view of the adirondack chair. Check out my tutorial link to get more details on this project. Enjoy!
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