Easy-to-build Adirondack Furniture
Building Adirondack furniture is a time-honored craft. Sturdy and rustic, this furniture can be a beautiful addition to any indoor decor, although it's most often used to set the scene outdoors. There, the furniture is subjected to a lifetime of abuse. Yearly it moves from somewhere hidden away (probably dark and musty winter storage) to front-and-center on the summer stage. Now, hour after hour it is beaten on by intense UV light, drenched in driving rains, then fried again in the summer sun.
Through it all, the furniture patiently endures--ever handsome, ever inviting, ever lasting. To survive summertime abuse and the semiannual ritual of being dragged into and out of storage, outdoor furniture must be sturdy, rugged, and well built--all qualities that epitomize Adirondack pieces.
This bulletin contains instructions for building an Adirondack chair, matching footstool, companion side table, and Westport chair (an ancestor of the modern-day slatted Adirondack chair). Each project will take the moderately skilled carpenter less than a day to fabricate; for the beginner, maybe a weekend.
Learn how to choose the right lumber and hardware, complete with instructions for table, footstool, and the Westport chair.
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Adirondack chair Adirondack furniture Align angled cut arm connector arm support assembly back slat back support belt sander bevel bit for pilot boards bottom back brace C-clamps Carpenter's wood glue chair back chair slat Circular saw combination square Country Wisdom Bulletin curve cut edge cut end Cut the lumber Cut the stringers dard Draw a line Drill bit drill with Phillips-head Easy-to-Build factory edge factory-cut edge fifth slat flush footstool front brace front leg Install the arm Install the seat jigsaw set last slat length of stan paint palm sander Phillips-head screw piece of string pilot holes Power drill Predrill Repeat the process Sanding block sandpaper coarse saw or ripsaw screw the slat second leg side brace side piece slat slat slat square or combination standard 1 x Storey Books Storey Country Wisdom Storey's T-bevel three screws top back brace top edge Try square vertical supports Westport chair wood filler