Adirondack chairs are more stylish and durable than the plastic lawn chairs that are mass-produced today. Even if you do not have a lot of experience with woodworking, you can build one of these chairs yourself. There are plenty of free plans available online for those who want to try to make stylish furniture cheaply.
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Things you need
- Shelf paper
- Computer with Internet connection and printer
- 8 wooden slats
- 8 spacers
- 2 hinge bars
- 8 washers
Find a free plan for building a chair online. There are some plans listed in the Resources section. Print the plan out.
Put a piece of shelf paper with adhesive backing onto your sawhorse. Copy the plan onto the shelf paper, measuring to make sure you draw the actual size of each piece.
Cut each shape out and affix it to a piece of hardwood. Use a band saw to cut out the hardwood pieces.
Sand each hardwood piece with a belt sander. Be careful to follow the curves exactly when sanding.
Look at the original plans again. Find the screw holes on each drawing. Mark these holes on the hardwood pieces. When you have done this, label each piece.
Put each hardwood piece onto a wood board. Drill 3/4-inch (2 cm) pan-head screws into the screw holes to attach the pieces to the board.
Follow the shapes to cut the wood boards. Be careful not to cut the hardwood pieces. There should be an extra 1/8 inch (0.3 cm) of wood on the edges of the wood boards when you are finished.
With a router, trim the excess wood off each piece.
Put a radius rounding-over bit in the router and round piece edges as needed.
On a piece of 1/4-inch (0.6-cm) plywood, mark the centre line. This will be used as a guide to help you lay out slats for the back of the chair.
Mark the centre of each wooden slat. Put it on the layout board and clamp it down. Put spacers in between the slats.
Drill a brad into the centre slat, 17 inches (43 cm) from the top. A brad is a small fastener that is somewhat of a cross between a screw and a nail. Use a 17-inch (43-cm) ruler or wood stick and this brad to help you draw an arc across the top of the slats.
Cut off the arc with the band saw.
Screw the base pieces of the chair together.
Attach the hinge bars to the bottom of the back of the chair using bolts. Place washers in between each slat of the back of the chair.
Using a square as a guide, line up the front leg- and arm-runner pieces. Screw these pieces together.
Attach the cross brace to the back of the chair, putting only one screw at each side.
Position each slat and attach it to the back brace with a brad. Test out the chair. Adjust the back as necessary before replacing brads with screws.
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