Ana's Adirondack Chair

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 05/18/2010 - 12:27
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About Project

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.

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!



Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:36

I made one of these to just test out the plan and everything worked great! The only problem I saw was the cut list called for the back slats to be 30 1/2" when the plans call for 31 1/2". I have a group of volunteers coming soon & we will be making 8 more of these! I'm so excited to see them all done! Thanks for the super easy plans!


Sat, 05/16/2015 - 09:15

Good plan, made two chairs but figuring out the proper cut list was kind of a pain. Would be great if cuts for 1"x4" where given in details. If you just go down cut list and cut as you go you end up with not enough wood for last 1"x4" cut. Also cut list gives 30.5" as back slat hieght but plans call for 31.5" height.

1"x4" cut list should be:
board #1. 21", 21", 30.5", 19.5" = 92" total
board #2. 21", 21", 25.5", 25.5" = 93" total
board #3. 21", 20.75", 20.75", 30.5" (or 31.5" depending) = 93" total (or 94" total)
board #4. 30.5", 30.5", 30.5" = 91.5" (or @31.5" ea then 94.5" total)


Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:11

What type of paint did you use to give it such a smooth finish. Spray paint looks great on mine but you the wood is just soaking it all up.


Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:11

What type of paint did you use to give it such a smooth finish. Spray paint looks great on mine but you the wood is just soaking it all up.


Sat, 08/01/2015 - 10:30

I'm so excited to have found these plans.  My son's catholic school does a huge auction every year and each class has to make a class project.  I'm going to be in charge of that project this year and am so excited to make these with our 2nd grade class.  I'm planning on letting each kid design and paint their own piece of the chair.  It's going to look amazing and I'm sure will be a big money maker!