Over the past 15 years I have personally built over 100 Adirondack chairs. I don’t want to look back and count, but the number might exceed 200 chairs. During that time, even with that large number of Adirondack chairs, I haven’t built a single folding Adirondack chair. Looking back, that seems silly. A folding chair isn’t much more difficult to build and the process is just about the same. In addition to that, I can put a folding chair away rather than leaving it exposed to the elements. A folding chair is great since it takes up a small amount of space for storage and is an item that can be moved around by just about anyone. You can’t say that about all of the Adirondack chairs out there.
Back in the late 1990’s I even resold a folding Adirondack Chair plan that was produced by a couple of guys out of Michigan named Jerry and Rod. The company was called Jer’s Patterns. They had a patent on the cardboard template system that they used. The company disappeared in the early 2000’s and my assumption has always been that it was likely due to the death of Jerry or Rod. I even tried reaching out toward the end to see if I could buy up any remaining inventory from them. No answer.
In any event, while I resold their simple folding Adirondack chair plan, I never built a single chair based on their design. I suppose that it didn’t fit my aesthetic. When I saw this folding chair plan at Lowe’s I realized that a simple change to the design of the back created a dramatic difference in the look of the chair. It went from what I considered plain and boring to a custom looking Adirondack chair. If you read this site, you will understand that I am more technical than creative and a technical person doesn’t often consider a simple change to create a new look. Everything is by the book. I have got to do more experimenting with design and I would encourage all of you to do the same.
This folding Adirondack chair plan is terrific. It is well laid out, comes with a complete material list and cutting diagram. They layout is a graphic to ensure optimal material yield.
Enjoy building this chair on your own. Get creative with the design.
Folding Adirondack Chair Plans (poorly formatted, but the Creative Ideas site no longer has the plan)
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