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DIY Adirondack chair - woodworking project

Step 8. Toe-nail the legs to the arms

chair leg fixed to arm

Once the legs and braces are positioned correctly on the arms (currently in upside-down mode, see step 7.), they can then be secured.

Do this by gluing and toe-nailing (skew, angle nailing) through the sides of the braces and legs into the arms.
Pre-drill the nail holes in the braces and legs to avoid splitting.

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Step 9. Align the two arms with one-another

chair arms parrelal to each other

Lay the two leg, brace and arm combinations upside-down on a flat surface.
Space them apart, parallel. The distance between the legs (currently in upright position) should be 24 3/4" (620mm), which is the length of the front spacer (j).

Lay and fix (temporarily) a couple of strips of wood across the arms to hold them (the arms) parallel in position, just until the upper back support (i) and the front spacer (j) have been added.

Step 10. Add the upper back support and the front spacer

chair legs,arms and upper back-support assembly

Add the upper back support (i) and the front spacer (j).

Refer to the 'side elevation plan' on page 3 for positioning.

You will probably need a hand to hold them in place while fixing.

Step 11. Prepare the seat

sanding the Adirondack seat

Now is probably a good time to give the seat slats a good sanding to make sure the seat profile is nice and rounded.

Not all the seat slats are fixed in place at this stage.
This is to allow room for the back slats to be fixed without too much problem.

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