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Woodworking Project Templates to Build Adirondack Chair

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4.5

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Build it yourself with help from this paper plan!

Making your own Adirondack chair has never been easier! Kit contains templates cut from 7/32" MDF (medium density fiberboard) along with detailed instructions in one package. Simply trace out the pieces using the templates and rough cut them. Then, using double sided tape, templates and a router with a flush trim bit, trim the pieces to the final dimensions. Chair front and seat slats will also need to be cut to final dimensions detailed in the parts list. Assemble and finish your chair according to the provided instructions. This favorite project among many woodworkers is now one of the simplest.


  • Includes templates and detailed assembly instructions
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    4.3

    (based on 12 reviews)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to understand (4)
    • Informative (4)
    • Easy to follow (3)

    Cons

    • Poor photo quality (3)
    • Not the authors best (2)

    Best Uses

    • Gift (3)
    • Reference (2)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual reader (3), Everyday reader (3), Rarely read (2)

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    5.0

    So simple and easy to follow.

    By  Ray the sign maker

    from Alexandria, IN

    About Me Casual Reader

    Pros

    • Easy To Understand
    • Excellent Instructions
    • Informative

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift

    Comments about Woodworking Project Templates to Build Adirondack Chair :

    From start to finish I had this Adirondack chair finished in 9 hours. It only took 7- 1"x6"x6' and a box of a 100 8x 1 1/2" screws. I used 12 2"x 1/4" carriage bolts 24 washers and 12 nuts. I bought the instructions and templates everything was easy, I read what other people have written and didn't have the problems they described. I believe if you follow the instructions step by step yours will turn out as well as you hoped it would. Enclosing a photo of mine.

     
    5.0

    Love the templates

    By  Ray the sign maker

    from Alexandria, IN

    About Me Rarely Read

    Pros

    • Easy To Understand
    • Measurements Are Clear
    • The Measurements Clear An
    • The Templates Are Spot On

    Cons

    • Not The Authors Best

    Best Uses

    • Gift

    Comments about Woodworking Project Templates to Build Adirondack Chair :

    I have found most of the problems customer have are not with the templates or the instructions but rather with the customer not having the skill level or simply being a beginner. I found the instructions to be clear and easy to understand. Unless otherwise stated normally the materials would be 1"x lumber ex. 1"x6"x6'. The materials are approximately 20 board feet of lumber. Don't get in a hurry take your time the more chairs you make the faster you will become. You can paint, stain or clear coat your chair and will last for years.

     
    4.0

    This Template is a Time Saver!

    By  Gary in OKC

    from OKC

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    Comments about Woodworking Project Templates to Build Adirondack Chair :

    Bought the template last week from the OKC store. The template is sturdy and will last many years if cared for properly. The curved bevel mentioned in the instructions and posts can be accomplished with a jigsaw and the shoe set to 63 degrees. My first chair is in-work and being constructed of inexpensive pine that'll be painted. I'll post a few photos when possible. Oh, I used 1"x6"x8" lumber. I'll probably drop down a bit in thickness next time, say 5/8 or 3/4.

     
    4.0

    I would buy this product again and again

    By  Marky Mark

    from Rochester,NH

    About Me Everyday Reader

    Pros

    • Easy To Understand

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift

    Comments about Woodworking Project Templates to Build Adirondack Chair :

    A real time saver !

     
    4.0

    Adirondac Chair is a fun project

    By  Jeff

    from Yardley, PA

    About Me Bookworm

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    Comments about Woodworking Project Templates to Build Adirondack Chair :

    Just completed my Adirondack chair, made from the template and directions from Woodcraft. I built it entirely out of cypress. In a few places, I used pocket screws for strength rather than the recommended through and through screwing recommended in the directions. The directions are a bit of a through and through screwing themselves. I give 5 stars for the templates, 2 stars for the directions. If you buy (and I do recommend this very much), feel free to email me if you need help. First of all, the template look and are kind of flimsy. They are made from 1/4" mdF and they are templates only. They are, however, spot on for the right sizes and work very well with routers. There are some exceptions to the 'right size' thing, more on that in a moment. There is no reference in the directions to thickness of the wood. I decided it must not matter all that much. I milled my wood to around 13/16" and that worked fine. If you pick smaller (3/4 or 11/16) that will probably work fine as well. The directions are terrible. They were written by someone that does probably speak English as their primary language (a fact notes and appreciated) but not by someone who writes well. Although the project is pretty easy, the toughest parts of this build are barely addressed. Building the top back frame, the second item on the right in the picture required not only an interior curve (which is easy) but a bevel too (which is not). According to the directions, what's needed is a 27 degree bevel. What's actually needed is 27 degrees removed (which is 63 degrees). That's not that easy to do. I tried a couple of ways to get it right, finally, I took a 63 degree measure, penciled the angle on the side of the piece and measured. It was, as I recall, around 1/8 or 3/16 along the top frame. I marked it around the inside of the curve, and used my belt sander to grind it down. A little advice in the directions would have helped. I called Woodcraft and they told me that I was doing it right. They were very helpful on the phone. The wood in the back of the chair (the risers) have templates but they are not fullsized. They're meant only to model the tops of the backs. Follow the directions here precisely; The measurements need to be exact. The chair itself is terrific...very strong and the cypress wood really popped. I still have to finish the wood and I would recommend that once the wood is cut, milled and shaped, it should probably be seal then. I wish I'd have the foresight to do so (maybe a mention in the directions would have helped) but I will finish this weekend. If I can figure out a way to add a picture, I'll take some this weekend. I very much recommend this. The chair I built used a lot of different skills and techniques and gave a number of ways to customize and make the project your own. Good luck!

     
    4.0

    Review Adirondack Chair with Templates

    By  Geo

    from Philadelphia PA

    About Me Everyday Reader

    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Understand

    Cons

    • Difficult To Follow
    • Not The Authors Best

    Best Uses

    Comments about Woodworking Project Templates to Build Adirondack Chair :

    I built the Adirondack Chair from Woodcraft today. It was a fun project and the templates worked very well. The directions were not very well written, but I made my way through them. The most difficult part was the back upper support, which the directions point to a 27 degree bevel on an inside curve. That's rough. I figured out that what was needed was a 27 degree offset (63 degrees in other words). I accomplished this by measuring the angle on the side, measuring the amount of material that needed to be removed and grinding it to shape with my sanding belt. All in all, a fun project! Not happy with how the finish came out, but that's the fault of the finish (It was a Behr finish that was supposed to be natural and came out a mottled brown that got rid of the beautiful grain in the cypress wood, will never use again). Nice job, Woodcraft! Thanks!

     
    4.0

    Revu of WC's Adirondack Chair Plans

    By  Geophyrd

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Everyday Reader

    Pros

    • Very precise templates
    • Well engineered

    Cons

    • Some directions wrong
    • Templates a little flimsy
    • Very poor directions

    Best Uses

    • Furniture
    • Learning project

    Comments about Woodworking Project Templates to Build Adirondack Chair :

    Just completed my Adirondack chair, made from the template and directions from Woodcraft. I built it entirely out of cypress. Here's some details from my work. Note that I do very much recommend the purchase of the kit, don't lose sight of that when I get into the negatives. In a few places, I used pocket screws for strength rather than the recommended through-and-through screwing recommended in the directions. The directions are themselves a bit of a through and through screwing, very poorly written and maddeningly unclear in parts. I give 5 stars for the templates, 2 stars for the directions. If you buy (and I do recommend this very much), feel free to email me if you need help. First of all, the templates look (and are) kind of flimsy, made from 1/4" mdh. They are, however, spot on for the right sizes and work very well with routers. There are some exceptions to the 'right size' thing, more on that in a moment. In the directions, there is no reference in the directions to thickness of the wood. I decided it must not matter all that much. I milled my wood to around 13/16" and that worked fine. If you pick smaller (3/4 or 11/16) that will probably work fine as well. The directions are terriblethe toughest parts of this build are barely addressed. For example, in building the top back frame, (the second item on the right in the picture) required not only an interior curve (which is easy and part of the template) but a bevel too (which is not). According to the directions, what's needed is a 27 degree bevel. What's actually needed is 27 degrees removed from the milled and 90 corner(which is 63 degrees). That's not easy to do. I tried a couple of ways to get it right, finally, I took a 63 degree measure, penciled the angle on the side of the piece and measuring. It was, as I recall, around 1/8 or 3/16. I marked it around the inside of the curve, and used my belt sander to grind it down. A little advice in the directions would have helped. Another item is that the back templates are designed to only model the tops of the backs. You have to measure the lengths of the items independently, which is fine, but be sure to follow the directions here precisely, the measurements need to be exact. The chair itself is terrific...very strong and the cypress wood really popped. I still have to finish the chair (going to use an oil based sealer) and I would recommend that once the wood is cut, milled and shaped, idellay, that would have been the best time to be sealed then. I wish I'd have the foresight to do so (maybe a mention in the directions would have helped) but I will finish this weekend. If I can figure out a way to add a picture, I'll take some this weekend. I very much recommend this. The chair I built used a lot of different skills and techniques and gave a number of ways to customize and make the project your own. Good luck!

     
    5.0

    Adirondack Chair Plans & Templates

    By  butch

    from New Bloomfield Pa

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    • Great instructions well w
    • Great item instructions w

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    Comments about Woodworking Project Templates to Build Adirondack Chair :

    This item has well written instructions would recommend to other people

     
    5.0

    Great product has been easy to use

    By  Jim

    from Sidney, Maine

    About Me Rarely Read

    Pros

    • Easy To Follow
    • Informative

    Cons

    • Poor Photo Quality

    Best Uses

    • Reference

    Comments about Woodworking Project Templates to Build Adirondack Chair :

    I would recommend this product to anyone looking to make an adirondack chair to sell or for your own personal use. I have never used or done anything like this and with the few tools that I did have around the garage I made a chair that came out incredibly well.

     
    4.0

    good over all

    By  jake the snake

    from backwoods tx

    About Me Casual Reader

    Pros

    Cons

    • Lacks Content
    • Poorly Written

    Best Uses

    Comments about Woodworking Project Templates to Build Adirondack Chair :

    the templates do not seem to last long but they are a good start and instructions are weak

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