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Julie's build Instructions Plans

Build an Adirondack chair   By Les Kenny

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Adirondack chair

Preface

Note: This is the standard (inch) version. To go to the metric version click here

These plans and instructions were authored specifically for a young lady who was about to take on her first woodworking project.
She had never used a woodworking power tool before.
There was supervision to ensure all safety aspects were met and power tools were used correctly, but apart from that the young lady mastered the project on her own with confidence.
You can see how she went here

Word of caution
Cautionary note: If you are a first timer attempting this project, ensure you have a qualified person to oversee the safety aspects of the job and show you how to use tools correctly.

Draft copy - work in progress

This may not be a first time projects for everybody. Some people are more practical than others and some people would take to such a project like a duck to water, whereas others might not.
The lady this plan was written for handled the job with ease and enthusiasm. That might not be the case for everybody.

Before you start this project, have a good scan through the plans and instructions to get a feeling for the project.

This is a project in the 'Beginner Woodworkers' series.

Introduction

This is an easy-to-build Adirondack chair designed specifically for a less than experienced woodworker.
It can be built with a minimum of tools.
A circular power saw, a jig saw, and a power drill/driver is all that is needed in the cutting and screwing department, although a drop saw (aka chop saw, miter saw) and bench saw would most certainly make the project a little easier.
The chair is a low, laid back chair, and is very comfortable to sit in.

This project is made using mostly 1x6 stock.

The wood

Taking cost into consideration I decided to use a rough wood (not dressed, planed, or dimensioned), as I came across some treated pine fence boards that were cheap and would do the job just fine.
Would the rough wood pose problems splinter wise?
Not really. The fur (for lack of a better term) on the treated pine is soft and if need be, it wouldn't take much to sand the parts that matter.
I think it gives a nice rustic look to it.

In USA you can get 1 in. x 6 in. boards easy enough.
In Australia you can get 150mm x 25mm treated (rough sawn) pine commonly used as plinth board.
In NZ you can get 150mm x 25mm treated fence paling (rough sawn).
In most other countries you should be able to source 1x6 (150mm x 25mm) wood without too much bother.

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Measurements

This project is written in USA standard (inches)

To go to the metric version click here

Material list

Wood

USA
1 in. x 6 in. boards: 7 pieces @ 8ft long.
2 in. x 3 in. wood: 2 pieces @ 20-1/2" long.

Australia
150mm x 25mm treated pine (plinth board): 7 lengths @ 2400mm long.
75mm x 50mm treated pine: 2 pieces @ 522mm long.

New Zealand
150mm x 25mm treated pine (fence palings): 9 lengths @ 1800mm long.
75mm x 50mm treated pine: 2 pieces @ 522mm long.

Other countries enquire at your building merchant.
In all you will need a total of 56ft (17 metres) of 1x6 (150mm x 25mm) wood

Screws

100 of 1-3/4" long wood screws suitable for exterior use.

Other

Thick glue suitable for wood and exterior use.
Sand paper to suit.

Required tools

A circular power saw, a jig saw, and a power drill/driver is all that is needed in the cutting and screwing department although a drop saw and bench saw would most certainly make the project somewhat easier.
You will also need a measuring tape, a pencil, a square, an adjustable bevel, and a few clamps including a couple that can span at least 23".

Before you start

Have a skim through the notes and a run over the plans to familiarize yourself with the parts and procedure.
Prepare a workbench. A flat stable surface at a height to suit.
Have all the tools and materials handy.

parts for an Adirondack chair

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