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Adirondack chair project

how to build an adirondack chair
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how to build an adirondack chair

Introduction and cutting list

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This Adirondack chair is certainly one of the more comfortable chair designs around and looks good on any deck or in any garden.

Throughout this project all measurements are given in both metric (mm) and standard imperial (ft and inches).

When selecting the wood for this Adirondack chair project make sure that it is suitable for exterior use.


The wood sizes in this project are common sizes and your local lumber supplier will be able to advise you on the most suitable wood to use.

The chair is made out of 150mm x 25mm (1"x6"), 100mm x 25mm (1"x4") and 150mm x 50mm (2"x6") stock. Note that when the wood is dressed, planed or surfaced (made smooth) the size of the wood is less and the actual size would be approximately 140mm x 20mm (3/4" x 5 1/2"), 90mm x 20mm (3/4" x 3 1/2") and 140mm x 45mm (1 1/2" x 5 1/2") respectively.

The latter (i.e. actual size) is what will be referred to through-out this project.

Cutting list

Part No. Description Size No. req'd
A Chair frame 140mm x 20mm x 975mm (3/4" x 5 1/2" x 39") 2
B Back spacer 90mm x 20mm x 580mm (3/4" x 3 1/2" x 23 1/4") 1
C Leg 140mm x 20mm x 570mm (3/4" x 5 1/2" x 22 3/4") 2
D Lower back support 90mm x 20mm x 620 (3/4" x 3 1/2" x 24 3/4") 1
E Back slats 140mm x 20mm x 950mm (3/4" x 5 1/2" x 38") 4
F Arm brace 90mm x 20mm x 175mm (3/4" x 3 1/2" x 7") 2
G Seat slats 35mm x 20mm x 620mm (3/4" x 1 3/8" x 24 3/4")
Rip the above (cut lengthways) out of 140mm x 20mm (3/4" x 5 1/2") stock
H Arm 140mm x 45mm x 800mm (1 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 32") 2
I Upper back support 140mm x 20mm x 770mm (3/4" x 5 1/2" x 30 3/4") 1
J Front spacer 90mm x 20mm x 620mm (3/4" x 3 1/2" x 24 3/4) 1
You will also need an exterior type glue, exterior 50mm (2") long screws and four 10mm x 50mm (3/8" x 2") galvanized carriage bolts and washers

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