Adirondack Chairs

Submitted by JoanneS on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:12

These sturdy chairs are a wonderful replacement for plastic deck chairs! They are nice and heavy, and won't blow over in a storm! This project is a mix of Ana's Adirondack Chairs and the Simple Outdoor Lounge Chair. I combined ideas from the two plans to use the extra lumber we had left over from an outside project from last year. Left-over lumber included some 2x4 for the bottom frames, some 5/4 decking board for the seat, back, and arms, and a few balusters at the back. Most of the lumber was left over, so I only had to spend $20 for 2 boxes of Kreg screws and 2 pc 5/4 x 8 decking board. Finished with some left over exterior latex semi gloss paint. This was a fun weekend project - built the chairs on one day, and finished the sanding and painting the next day. My next project is a little outdoor table to go with them, and I have a few scraps left over to use for that. These chairs have received lots of compliments, and we've given Ana's web site name to several admirers. Ana, thank you for your wonderful plans!

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used
Ace Royal exterior semi-gloss paint in navy blue (left over paint from about 5 years ago, was color-matched, so it doesn't have a name).
Recommended Skill Level



Sun, 09/28/2014 - 10:46

I don't see any plans for this chair.  Is it possible to get them?


Sun, 09/28/2014 - 18:15

Hi Mepaganjr,

I used the plan for the Simple Outdoor Lounge Chair

as my guide for the seat part, and the slant of the back,

and used Ana's Adirondack Chair

as the inspiration for the tall chair back and front legs.  I did several adjustments to fit the mixture of sizes of 2x and 5/4 scrap wood that I had available.   I traced a paint can lid to make the curve on the top of the chair backs.

A great plan that has a similar seat and legs is the Adult Adirondack Chair, which is in Ana's book, The Handbuilt Home, on page 174.  That's a great plan because it only uses six 1x4's an one 1x2.  If I hadn't been using up the mixed scrap lumber, I would have used the Adult Adirondack Chair plan.  

Happy building!  :)  Joanne