Ana's Adirondack Chair

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 05/18/2010 - 12:27
Difficulty
Beginner
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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.

Dimensions
37 1/2" x 30 5/8" x 19 1/2"

Preparation

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
primer
wood conditioner
paint
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)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Level
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!

Instructions

Step 1

CUT YOUR STRINGERS
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

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

Step 3

SEAT SLATS
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

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

Step 5

Step 6

BACK
Build the back as shown above.

Step 7

ATTACHING THE BACK
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

ARMS & SUPPORTS
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!

Comments

charmom2015

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 10:44

Hi Ana,  I was preparing to use this plan and I noticed that you are showing the horizontal piece on the chair back (top and bottom) as 19 1/2 ".  You are showing 5 back slats from 1x4 lumber and 1/2" spacing between each back slat.  I'm adding the 5 back slats to get 20" and then add 3 spaces at 1/2" each for a total of 21 1/2".  Doesn't that mean that the 19 1/2" measurement on the diagram is wrong?  Or am I missing something?

Clang

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 05:17

Where is the must see video for the kids project? I am almost ready to build and want to be I get it right the first time. Thanks in advance for your help.

tnmillernc

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 11:56

I would like to build your adirondack chairs but wanted to know if the dimensions for the lumber in your shopping list is actual or nominal?  Your builds are beautiful, functional, and easy for newbies to try.  Thank you!!!

njohnson5303

Sun, 07/19/2020 - 18:52

New here. This is going to be my first project. May be a dumb question, but what does "knock off wood" mean? Can I use any type of wood?