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Julie's build Instructions Plans

Build an Adirondack chair   By Les Kenny

[Table of contents are below]

Step 2. Mark and cut the pieces that require shaping

2.1. The two side pieces

Place one of the side piece on your work platform in preparation for marking and shaping.
The side pieces are 1x6 wood, 38-1/2" long.

The marking instructions are below the drawing.

adirondack chair side marking plan standard dimensions

Marking instructions

  From the bottom right-hand corner [A], measure in 13-3/4" along the bottom and make a mark. That will be point [B].
  From the bottom left-hand corner [D], measure in 7-1/2" along the bottom and make a mark. That will be point [C].
  From the bottom left-hand corner [D], measure 2" up the end and make a mark. That will be point [E].
  From the top right-hand corner [K], measure in 13-3/4" along the top and make a mark. That will be point [J].
  From point [J], mark 5-1/8" each side along the top. They will be points [H] and [I].
  From the top right-hand corner [K], measure in 19-3/4" along the top and make a mark. That will be point [G].
  Draw a straight line from point [E] to point [c]


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Now mark the curvy lines

adirondack chair side front curve marking plan

Find something that is a circle with a diameter (the width across) of 12". It my be a large plate, a saucepan lid, or something you might find lying around the house.

Alternatively, make your own out of card using a compass to draw the circle.

Giving or taking 3/8" on the diameter will not pose a problem.
Use the circular object as a template to mark the curves on the side piece.

Hold the template to the left of the side piece with the edge touching point [E] and also the top of the side piece. Mark the curve. Then do the other end as shown in the drawing below.

marking out an adirondack chair

Now hold the template with the circumference (edge of circle) touching point [C] and the top of the template being 1-1/4" up from the bottom of the side-piece. Mark the curve as shown on the drawing below.

adirondack chair side bottom curve marking plan

Then draw a line from the top of the curve to point [B].

Note: You only need to mark one side piece.
Once you cut one side, you can use that as a pattern to mark the other side.

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