An Introduction & Adirondack Chairs

My first post! I am not much of a writer but I thought sharing some of my work in a more in-depth format than instagram would be a neat way to share it with others interested in the craft & process of furniture making. Additionally, I thought it might be good for me to self reflect on design elements, strategy, and process. I’m not promising an insightful, learning experience, or saying my way is the best way, simply just sharing work as I create it and using this as a journal for my woodworking.

On to the chairs, 2 commissioned Adirondack Chairs. A simple project, but filled with many parts. I built these 2 Adirondack chairs out of White Oak. I nice reminder of just how tough this stuff is, I broke a few stainless steel screw heads off before deciding to hand tighten all of them. Time consuming, but worth it.

I began by laying out parts from the templates I had cut. This allowed me to pick out the best grain match for each piece as I went along in the design, finding subtle curves here and there that would compliment specific parts of the chair, or including the lighter sapwood where I thought it might enhance things aesthetically. I roughed all these parts out on the bandsaw, then proceeded to join and plane them to 3/4 of an inch. I also smoothed out the roughed bandsaw surface with a combination of a #4 hand plane and spokeshave. Additionally, I applied some quarter inch roundover’s on the router table to the arms, back slats, and seat slats of the Adirondack chair.  After some light sanding with a random orbital sander I pre-drilled and countersunk all screws and began assembly. I used Titebond III for extra assurance in assembly and plugged all screw holes which took some time. Lastly, I applied some Thompsons Water Seal to these Adirondacks which I was quite happy with.

white oak Adirondack chairs & templates. Quarter Inch Roundover on Adirondack chair arms. White Oak Adirondack chair. Minnesota Outdoor furniture

As this blog is really for me, more than anyone else I figured I’d add a little section to each of these posts on self reflection, learning experiences, or how I’d change the process in the future. Whether it be a new custom commissioned piece of furniture, or a box I’ve made 55 other times I’m sure there is always something to be learned or gained from making something with my hands and how you can do it better, more efficiently, or just more enjoyable the next time around.

Working from templates I had cut was a really great experience, and made choosing parts a breeze when I could just drop them on a 12′ board of white oak. I think in the end it also ended up saving me in lumber use as well which I am really pleased with. I want to build furniture that lasts, and while doing so not waste a large amount of precious materials along the way. Not only for financial reasons, but because I think its the right way to go ethically. Also plugs…. What a pain to cut in White Oak. I spent a large portion of time cutting, and tapering these little things, probably 100+ of them. I definitely in the future before I tackle more furniture that necessitates plugs will invest in a better plug cutter, and one that’s tapered.

Thanks for reading.



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