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How to make an
Adirondack Chair

This is the standard (ft & ins) version.    Click here for the metric ( mm ) version

Note: There is now a new version of this project with more detail, photos, drawings, and a video.
To go to the new version click here

Materials and Cutting List

This Adirondack chair is constructed from 1x6 and 1x4 rough sawn treated pine or similar durable lumber, all except the chair arms which are 2x6 dressed or gauged treated pine or similar durable lumber (finished, actual size of 2x6 dressed is 1 1/2" x 5 1/2")

Part No. Description Size No. req'd
A Chair frame 1 x 6x 39" 2
B Back spacer 1 x 4 x 22 1/4" 1
C Leg 1 x 6 x 22 1/2" 2
D Lower back frame 1 x 4 x 24 1/4" 1
E Back slats 1 x 6 x 40" 4
F Arm brace 1 x 4 x 7" 2
G Seat slats 1 x 1 3/8 x 24 1/4" 13
H Arm 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 31 1/2" 2
I Upper back frame 1 x 6 x 30 1/4 1
J front spacer 1 x 4 x 24 1/4 1
You will also need an exterior type glue, exterior 2" long screws and 4 3/8 x 2 1/2" galvanized carriage bolts and washers

Construction Details

Step 1.
Cut all the members as per materials and cutting list above.
The 13 seat slats (g) 1 x 1 3/8 x 24 1/4" will have to be ripped (cut) from 1 x 6 using a power saw or bench saw.

Step 2.
Cut the two chair frames (a) to the required shape and dimensions as shown in the illustration below.

adirondack chair plan

Step 3.
Cut lower back frame (d) to the shape and dimensions as shown in the illustration below.

adirondack chair lower back plan

Step 4.
Cut upper back frame (i) the shape and dimensions as shown in the illustration below.

adirondack chair upper back plan

Step 5.
Cut four back slats (e) out of 1 x 6 stock to the shapes and dimensions as shown in the illustration below. The top shape (rounding) can be changed to suit your imagination or artistic flair.
adirondack chair back slats plan

Step 6.   Cut the two arms (h) and the two arm braces (f) to the shape and dimensions as shown in the illustration below.

adirondack chair arm brace plan

Step 7.
All the members should now be cut to length and shape.
Assemble the chair using the following side view, front view and top view plans for reference. Use exterior type glue and 2" exterior screws. Use 3/8 x 2 1/2 galvanized carriage bolts with washers to fix the legs (c) to the chair frames (a).

adirondack chair side view plan
adirondack chair plan front view
adirondack chair top view plan

  Enjoy!

   

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