This is the easiest to build and sturdiest Adirondack chair that you can make. We made the base stronger with all 2x4 framing. This Adirondack chair is a reader favorite and has been built thousands of times.
- 3 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
- 1 – 2×2 @ 6 feet long
- 4 – 1×4 @ 8 feet long
- (30) 2 1/2” self tapping wood screws
- (60) 2” self tapping wood screws
- (20) 1 1/4” wood screws
- exterior appropriate wood glue
2 - 2x4 @ 20 3/4” long with both ends cut parallel at 15 degrees off square (back legs)
2 - 2x4 @ 20” (front legs)
2 - 2x2 @ 26 1/2” long, longest point measurement, one end cut at 15 degrees off square (arm support)
2 - 2x4 @ 31 7/8” long, one end cut at 35 degrees off square to longest point, other end cut at 20 degrees off square to shortest point - see step 1 (stringers)
2 - 2x4 @ 22 1/2” (front apron and back support)
5 - 1x4 @ 22 1/2” (seat slats)
5 - 1x4 @ 36” (back slats)
1 - 1x4 @ 19 1/2” (back top support)
1 - 2x4 @ 19 1/2” (back base support)
2 - 1x4 @ 27” (arm rests)
From stretcher board, cut off top portion by marking with a square and cutting off with a jigsaw. Do this on both stretcher boards.
Attach one back leg and one front leg to a arm support with 2 1/2” exterior screws. Keep the top and outside edges flush.
Mark front leg on inside with arm support on outside, as shown in diagram. Leave 1 1/2” space in front of stretcher. Attach stretcher to front and back legs with 2 1/2” exterior screws and glue.
Build opposite side of chair in mirror, with arm supports to outside and stretcher to inside. Make sure the two match up.
Front Apron is attached to fronts of stretcher and from outside of chair for additional support.
Begin at the front of the chair and attach seat slats to stretcher with 2” screws and glue. Leave a 1/2” gap between seat slats.
Attach back support to back legs with 2 1/2” exterior screws, matching up measurements in diagrams.
Build back by attaching all back boards to seat back base support, leaving approximately 1/2” gap in between. Then attach at top with 1 1/4” screws. Cut arch shape on back top using a large round object to guide you.
Place back inside chair and secure in place with 2 1/2” exterior screws. Also screw back to back support with 2” exterior screws.
Secure armrests to arm supports and tops of legs with screws and glue.
Optional Adirondack Footstool Plans
Adding a footstool to your adirondack chair will increase the comfort! We've included the plans below that match this adirondack plan.
FOOTSTOOL SHOPPING LIST
1 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long or stud length
1 - 1x4 @ 12 feet long
2” and 2 1/2” exterior screws
FOOTSTOOL CUT LIST
2 - 2x4 @ 23 1/2” long with both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, parallel to each other, long point to short point measurement (stringers)
5 - 1x4 @ 22 1/2” (top boards)
2 - 2x4 @ 13 3/4” long with one end cut at 30 degrees off square, longest point measurement (legs)
Cut the adirondack foot stool stringers with a compound miter saw first. Then use a square to mark the cut off and cut with jigsaw or circular saw.
Use 2" screws and glue to attach the deck boards on top of the stringers.
Attach legs with 2-1/2" screws to insides of the stringers to complete the footstool.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.