Let’s make an Adirondack chair
Total time: 8-12hrs
Total cost: $100
- 6 5/4x6x8 cedar deck boards
- Box of exterior screws
- 6 Stainless bolts with washers / nuts
Like anything you start building, you look online for inspiration. Well, I turned to a fellow YouTuber and maker Paul Jackman for his set of plans for a cedar Adirondack chair. He has made quite a few on his channel so I recommend check his out too! (Just don’t get suckered in for 10hrs)
Ok, so I confess, I started with his set of plans but put my own spin on it. I took the full-size cutout of all the parts, (provided in his plans) with a helping hand from Michael Chipser and imported them into V-Carve pro. (CNC app) After not giving up on trying to make all the parts fit on one sheet of 2×4′ hardboard, we went ahead an cut it all out!
After the templates were made, it was time to find the wood.. the plans call for 5/4x8x?? cedar, but in my neck of the woods it is very hard to find that size width in cedar. So after stumbling through a few home improvement stores, I finally settled on using 5/4×6 as oppose to 8in. So that means the arms won’t be as wide but it’s all good, I made it work!
This was also the first project that my girlfriend helped me out on. She wanted a chair like this so I convinced her to help sand… Ok and yes, the table saw too!
All in all, I am super happy with this project, and I am already starting on some improvement to the CNC template.. stay tuned for that!
Get your set of plans – https://www.jackmanworks.com/adirondack-chair-sextuple/
Check out those pants I’m wearing – https://goo.gl/pVDSMF
Also check out some of my favorite tools! – https://www.southerngingerworkshop.com/tools