How to Build a Classic Westport Chair How to Build a Classic Westport Chair

If you are a fan of a classic Adirondack chair, you will probably be a fan of the “Westport Chair”. The Westport chair has a look that originated in 1903 by Thomas Lee.  The chair is beautiful in its simplistic look.  It just screams Adirondack camp (the expensive kind) when I see it.

This wood plan is well documented and comes with a full video how to.  That is the most helpful part.  I would recommend that you watch the video from start to finish before you begin.

With any woodworking project, I strongly suggest that you review the complete plan prior to starting.  You will be better equipped to do things properly the first time.

Good luck building your own Westport chair.  This design is really a thing of beauty.

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A word of warning.  The “shopping list” on the This Old House website is wrong.  They mention 1/2″ lumber for your material.  NOT EVEN CLOSE.  The lumber you need to purchase is 5/4, which is a full 1″ thickness.  This is described on the Cut List (pdf) so I would strongly recommend you go through all parts of the plan prior to beginning.  A chair made of 1/2″ lumber would fall apart, possibly break apart, in pretty short order.

Free Plan: How to Build a Classic Westport Chair

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