This step by step woodworking project is about free adirondack chair plans. If you want to add character to your garden or you just want to build wooden chairs for your backyard patio, you should take a close look to this tutorial. This article features a chair with a unique design that will not only add value to your property, but it will also become the focus point of your home.
You need to sand the edges of the components with a sand block, or round them with a router and a 1/4” bit. Moreover, we recommend you to align all the components at both ends before driving in the screws. Work with great care and with attention, making sure all the slats are placed equally spaced. Invest in high quality lumber, such as pine, cedar or redwood, as the chair will be exposed to rain. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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- A – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 33” long, 1 piece – 22″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 20 3/4” long FRONT LEGS
- C – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 23 1/4” long, 2 pieces – 1 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
- D – 5 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 32” long, 2 piece of 1×3 lumber – 20 1/2” long, 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 23 1/2″ long BACKREST
- E – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 24 1/2” long ARMRESTS
- F – 5 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 22” long SEAT
- 1 piece of 1×8 lumber – 8 ft
- 5 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 1×3 lumber – 4 ft
- 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 2 ft
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 1 1/4″ screws
- wood filler
- wood glue
Check out this video tutorial! It’s that simple to build your own adirondack chair!
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Building an adirondack chair
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the legs for the adirondack chair. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to mark the cut lines on the 1×8 slats, using a carpentry pencil.
It is essential to take accurate measurements and to double check the marks. Next, get the job done using a circular saw and a piece of sandpaper. Smooth the edges and remove the residues.
After building the legs for the adirondack chair, we recommend you to assemble the seat, by following the instructions described in the diagram. Cut the front component at the right size and smooth the cut edges using sandpaper.
Drill pocket holes at the ends of the legs and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the front component. Alternatively, drill pilot holes through the front component and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the legs. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are right-angled.
Next, attach the 1×4 slats to the frame of the adirondack chair. In order to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to place the slats equally-spaced and to drill pilot holes before inserting the 1 1/4″ screws into the legs of the chair. Smooth the exposed edges with sandpaper and remove the residues.
Continue the garden project by attaching the 1×4 front legs to the structure of the adirondack chair. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to cut the legs at the right size and to smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Top Tip: Fit the legs to the structure, drill pilot holes and secure them into place using several 1 1/4″ screws or carriage bolts. Plumb the legs with a spirit level and leave no gaps between the components.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to build the backrest and to secure it to the frame of the adirondack chair. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to cut the components at the appropriate size, using a circular saw.
Lay the slats equally-spaced on a level surface and attach the cleats into place, by using 1 1/4″ screws. Take accurate measurements and you leave no gaps between the components.
Build the supports out of 1×4 lumber, making sure you follow the pattern described in the image. Drill pilot holes through the supports and use a spirit level to make sure they are horizontal, before attaching them to the legs with 1 1/4″ screws. Align everything and ensure there are no gaps between the components.
Place the backrest to the frame of the adirondack chair. Lean the backrest 15 degrees and lock it into place by placing a 2×2 support to the back of the backrest. Ask a friend to lock the backrest into place, while you drill pilot holes through the armrest supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the frame of the backrest.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the bottom support of the backrest and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the side legs of the chair.
Build the armrest in a decorative manner, as attaching simple 1×4 slats would hinder the look of the outdoor chair. Drill pilot holes and secure the armrests to the supports by using 1 1/4″ screws. Fill the holes with wood plugs and smooth the surface by using a sander and fine-grit sandpaper.
If you want to enhance the look of the adirondack chair, we recommend you to build the decorative trims out of 1×4 lumber. Drill pocket holes along the side and top edges and secure them to the structure using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to enhance the bond of the joints.
Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes with a wood filler and let the compound to dry out for about several hours. Afterwards, sand the wooden surface along the wood grain, using 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: Vacuum the residues thoroughly, before covering the wooden surface with several coats of stain. Make sure you apply the products in a properly-ventilated location.
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