I grew up in the Adirondacks and let me tell you it is cold! But besides that, the one thing that most people think of when someone mentions the Adirondacks are Adirondack chairs. The design for this type of chair was first patented by Irving Wolpin in 1938. The design has remained basically the same ever since that first design was created, but the people at Popular Mechanics have provided the aspiring furniture craftsmen with a nifty instruction manual on how to make a totally unique and different design of this well-known classic.
This project calls for 2×10 planks of wood. The instructions recommend western red cedar since it naturally withstands the elements. Since these chairs are predominantly used outdoors it’s best to make sure it is weather-proof. Other wood can be used as well, but it will require a little manual weatherizing to make it perfect.
Let’s go through the list of tools needed for the job shall we?
- Miter saw
- Table saw with sliding miter gauge
- Dado set
- Palm sander
- Sanding block
- Sandpaper (120-, 150-, 180-, and 220-grit)
- Cordless drill
- Drill press or drill-guide attachment
- Flush-cutting handsaw
Pretty long list, but well worth it! This modern take on a classic will bring loads of enjoyment during the bright sunny days of summer and be a lovely addition to the back deck or patio of your home. Click the image provided and be prepared for a really fun build, and as always stay crafty!