Let's make an Adirondack chair

Total time: 8-12hrs

Total cost: $100

Tools used

Materials used

  • 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 2x4' 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 5/4x6 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