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How to Build a Adirondack Chair

Updated on September 21, 2011

The experience of working with real wood using your own hands to build something is an incredible delightful experience. With wood working it provides one a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing that what they just built will probably last generations as long as it is taken care of. One of the projects that have been on my mind since I just built my desk was getting some lounge chairs of some kind to add to it. I decided to try and do it myself Adirondack chairs.


The experience of working with real wood using your own hands to build something is an incredible delightful experience. With wood working it provides one a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing that what they just built will probably last generations as long as it is taken care of. One of the projects that have been on my mind since I just built my desk was getting some lounge chairs of some kind to add to it. I decided to try and do it myself Adirondack chairs.

How to Build a Adirondack Chair - Getting Started

The process of building Adirondack chairs is not difficult but there is some basics that you will need to have under your belt before you get started. First is what type of wood are you going to be using. What tools that you will need to start and finish the job. Then of course the actual design of the chair you would like to build with detailed plans which there are many places on line to get them. Or you can order from amazon a book on woodworking chairs and other projects.

WOOD

There are many different types of wood that you can use to make the perfect Adirondack Chair. Please check with your local building or a specialist at your home store to find out what type of wood that you can use effectively. Because, if you live in different parts of the country different wood will fair better then others because of local climates. The best type I have found to use in most climates is maple and cedar both hold up really well in a majority of climates. Added to the wood the right finish and you can have a beautiful chair that will last many years.

TOOLS

Traditional people who love to woodwork by hand try to stay away from the power tools. But if you are looking to build them more speedily then having the correct tools power and no power tools will help the process. Here is a list of some of the tools you will need

1. Saw, circular or table

2. Tape measure

3. Drill (drill bits) ½ inch to 1/3 inch

4. Square

5. Clamps

6. Wood

7. Sander

8. Adirondack Chair blueprints

FINISHING

Just like the wood that you are using it really depends on the type of climate that you are in as to what finish you choose to use on your new chairs. Using a polyurethane on the finish is usually a good idea because it will soak into the wood giving it the extra strength that it needs to hold up over time. If you are looking for an exterior stain look for a oil based urethane for the final finish.

All in all it is time to finish your Adirondack chairs and start enjoying the relaxation that is well deserved after building your chairs to perfection.


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