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Woodcraft - Woodworking Project Paper Plan to Build Adjustable Adirondack Chair


A chair that's easy to build even for the beginner. Our detailed plan includes a list of the materials you need, full size traceable patterns for all curved parts, and a detailed instructional...

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A chair that's easy to build even for the beginner. Our detailed plan includes a list of the materials you need, full size traceable patterns for all curved parts, and a detailed instructional booklet with super clear directions and many photos. The chair looks and sits great. All materials used in this project are standard construction grade sizes, so you can easily find the materials at any local "home" store with no worries -- no strange sizes or dimensions means your job is easier because there is no planing or other hasslesome chores.

You can just cut and make a great chair. Seat width is 22", depth 25". This chair is sure to be a family favorite -- we almost had a brawl over the prototype. The chair is not only comfortable, but it's very sturdy. A few features this chair has which others lack: extra wide arm rests for drinks or plates of food, an adjustable back that affords four positions of comfort, and please take note of the contoured design of both the seat and back rest.

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Spring is finally here!  It’s time to get out on your patio or deck and enjoy the season.  If you are thinking about new outdoor furniture this year, give some consideration to building Adirondack chairs.   This classic chair gets its name from the New York mountain camps that snapped up hundreds of them after it was invented in the early 1900s.  I built two for my deck and have been enjoying them for years.

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8 Reviews
  1. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Better directions

    Just finished my prototype I wish the directions were a little clearer. A few places I was scratching my head thinking what do they mean. Overall I liked it and will make a better one or two!

  2. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Still good plans.

    Same complaint as many of the others. Front and back braces should be longer. I made mine 19.5 inches, and then the seat back would move easily. This of course made all the seat slats a little short. I also had the same problem with the location of the back arm bolt. Forstner bit and metal cut of saw made short work of that problem. I plan on making more. Quite comfortable and easy to make. Neighbors were all asking me where theirs were. Have to keep garage door closed next time :)

  3. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Adjustable Adirondack Chair Plans

    I've made over twenty of these so far and currently have an order for two more. I would like to keep a pair for myself, but every time someone sits in them they offer to buy them. They are very comfortable and a lot easier to get out of than any Adirondack chair I've seen. They are pretty simple to make, but a lot of work when you make multiples like I usually do. There's a lot of cutting, routing, drilling and sanding. Assembly is the easy part. I made a couple jigs to that easier. I had the same problem with the rear carriage bolt interfering with the chair back that a couple people mentioned so I just started using a shorter bolt and recessing the hole on the nut side with a ¾" Forstner bit.

  4. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Good plan. One wrong measurement

    This is a good plan. Very easy and clear step-by-step instructions. My one complaint is that the cross pieces as described made the frame too narrow to accomodate both the back of the chair and the seat slats. The instructions say to make the pieces 19 inches, but they actually must be 19 1/2 inches. Also, the carriage bolts that attach the back armrest supports must be placed as far down and forward as possible to avoid interfering with the backrest. Otherwise a good design.

  5. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great set of plans and easy to modify!

    This set of plans was really easy to follow and pretty easy to adjust to my liking. I have made four of these so far. One adjustment I made is taper the back slats to create larger pieces so they 'fan out' better and end up closer together on the finished chair. I also took the back arm supports and made them 2 inches longer so I can place the carriage bolts lower on the brace - so they don't interfere with the back of the chair at all.

  6. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    20 hours

    Plans call for pre-drilling, but I didn't do that until assembly. No instructions about finishing, and staining was difficult after assembly without a sprayer. Chose a "film" finish that remains tacky. My error. Overall, plans are fine and produce a good chair.

  7. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    I thoroughly enjoyed making this!

    I love how easy the plans are. I'm starting my second chair.

  8. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Plans review

    The bolts on the back frame holding up the arm uprights need to be counter bored on the nut side or else they interfere with the back. Also the bottom cross piece of the back needs to be smaller than 19" as shown otherwise it will not fit. I used 18.75" The plans need to be studied before building. They work well. The pictures on the instructions showing the back are washed out. This obliterates the attachment of the two pieces that connect the two crosspieces. It takes some study to understand how these pieces must work after assembly to figure how they assemble. A new picture needs to be made with some contrast to greatly simplify this. The chair is a great project and my criticism only should help avoid some pitfalls.

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