Ana's Adirondack Chair

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 05/18/2010 - 12:27
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Finally, an Adirondack Chair that is easy to build and stylish and comfortable! This do it yourself project plan to build a DIY adirondack chair is simple, and easy. Inspired by polywood furniture, build your own affordable adirondack chair. Special thanks to Amy for sharing her photos.

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Ana's Adirondack Chair

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Adirondack Chairs

Adirondack Plans
37 1/2" x 30 5/8" x 19 1/2"


Shopping List

1 – 1×8, 8′ Long 4 – 1×4, 8′ Long 1 – 2×2, 8′ Long 1 – 1×3 8′ Long 1 1/4″ Screws (I would get pretty self tapping outdoor deck screws so that you don’t have to refinish your chair after you put it together) 2″ Screws Wood Glue

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 – 1×8 @ 32 3/4″ (Stringers) 1 – 1×8 @ 21″ (Front) 5 – 1×4 @ 21″ (Seat Slats) 2 – 1×4 @ 20 3/4″ (Front Legs) 2 – 1×3 @ 24″ (Arm Supports) 5 – 1×4 @ 30 1/2″ (Back Slats) 1 – 1×3 @ 19 1/2″ (Top Back Trim) 1 – 1×4 @ 19 1/2″ (Bottom Apron Back) 1 – 2×2 @ 22 1/2” (Center Back Support) 2 – 1×4 @ 25 1/2″ (Arm Rests) 2 – 1×3 @ 6″ (Decorative Front Arm Supports)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
General Instructions

Work on a clean, level surface. Use good, straight boards. On outdoor projects such as this one, it’s a good idea to paint your boards first (or invest in a tiny paint brush to get in between the cracks) so, sand and give your boards a nice paint job first. Remember, you can click diagrams for larger views. Pre-drill and countersink all of your screws. I would use a screw pattern so that your screws look nice and even (and you don’t have to finish the chair again after it’s assembled) Be safe and have fun!


Step 1

From the 1×8 stringers listed in the cut list, cut your stringers as shown above. You may wish to create a pattern and then copy the pattern for both sides. This is the trickiest step. If you can do this, you’ve got it made!

Step 2

Attach your front apron with 2″ screws and glue as shown above.

Step 3

Lay your seat slats as shown above, starting with the first flat seat slat. Leave a 1/2″ gap between the slats. Screw down with 2″ screws and glue.

Step 4

Use 1 1/4″ screws and glue to attach the front legs as shown above.

Step 5

Step 6

Build the back as shown above.

Step 7

Attach the back as shown above. This isn’t an exact science, I purposely choose to use a 1×3 for the arm supports and a 2×2 for the back support so that it would be super easy for
you to get the back to line up just right with the seat and arm supports. You may want to enlist your neighbors assistance.

Step 8

Attach your arms with 2″ screws and glue. Then attach the arm supports.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
You should be done! This chair will fit a standard cushion, sized anywhere from 18×18 to 20×20. Can’t wait to see your photos!


teamshield (not verified)

Tue, 05/18/2010 - 13:31

Now the only question is should I paint them in all different colors so everyone in the family can have their own shade?

Catherine Hans… (not verified)

Tue, 05/18/2010 - 14:06

Great plan Ana! Remember, don't knock yourself out with a killer schedule. We will all be waiting whenever you can get to them! (you have some serious great Karma heading your way after all your generosity - remember us when you are rich and famous! lol)

Heather (not verified)

Tue, 05/18/2010 - 14:10

sounds good to me!! I'd rather have plans than brags any day anyway. :) The chair looks amazing!!!

Ange (not verified)

Tue, 05/18/2010 - 14:13

Thank you so much! But we do recognize your job first is wife then mother....then furniture planner :) You're the best.

Cheryl (not verified)

Tue, 05/18/2010 - 14:44

Thank you for posting this, Ana!!! I was going to buy one of these one day, but now I just might build one!

Tanjia (not verified)

Tue, 05/18/2010 - 15:39

If you're 25 plans behind on posting then I'm 100 plans behind on building!! I've only finished the bigger kids picnic table and I'm working on the modern outdoor table. Wish I could build one thing every day! I have to keep reminding myself it's okay to take it one project at a time.

Leslie (not verified)

Tue, 05/18/2010 - 16:13

Ange had it right, Ana! Wife and mom first - everything else comes after that. You rock! The fact that you do all this with no cost for the finished plans totally blows my crazy mind.

I'm thinking teal and red chairs myself! I'm loving this plan.

Thanks again!

Waner Family (not verified)

Tue, 05/18/2010 - 16:34

You're amazing! I just found you three days ago and have stayed up until 3am each morning obsessing over your site! We are moving to a new town in three weeks, and I CANNOT WAIT to start building once we get there! You are such an inspiration to women (and men) everywhere! Thank you for giving so freely of yourself, your plans, your time, and your inspiration!!

slp higgins (not verified)

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 20:24

I think anyone who has ever come across Ana's site has had this happen to them.

The funny thing is, even 1.5+ years later, I still find myself obsessed, inspired and spend hours browsing.

Sophia Almejo (not verified)

Tue, 05/18/2010 - 17:01

Ana, you know that I love everything you do. I think you are a very talented woman...please odn't worry about getting the plans up right away we will manage...we understand that you have a family...once again thank you Ana.

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