Laid Back in a Classic Adirondack

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The Adirondack chair symbolizes relaxation and the onset of summer weather. With its deeply angled back and wide armrests, it conjures up images of vacationing, reading for pleasure, and ice-cold drinks. There’s no better time than now to build a few of these classic outdoor chairs.

Long-lasting cypress is a perfect wood for this project. It is resistant to decay and insects; in fact, it’s often used in paneling and decks. I will be painting my chairs in some fun summer colors, but you can also get a beautiful natural-wood finish by using an exterior varnish. Other options include staining or just letting your chair naturally weather to gray over time. 

If you’re going au naturel, consider springing for teak. It’s expensive but absolutely gorgeous and a top choice for high-end outdoor furniture.

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