Upslate New York is famous for iis rustic vacation homes, tucked away in the Adirondack Mountains. Visit one of these getaway-spots and you're likely to come across a familiar style of outdoor furniture named after the region. The Adirondack chair has a low seat, wide arms and a tall, sloping hack. It's perfect for reading, visiting with friends or just idling away the hours. The problem is, most Adirondack chairs don't do what you'd expect them to do: hold up to weather.
The typical Adirondack is built from pine and protected by a layer or two of paint, [oinery is simple; butt joints and nails do the trick. But yearly painting is necessary to keep the pine from rotting, and the nails that secure the slats to the frame seem to pop up like flowers in spring. Also, joint failure where the arms join the front legs is all too common. That's because the nails in the arms do not hold welt in the end grain of the legs. When you combine that problem with dragging the chair by the arms for passing lawn mowers and the like, it's no wonder this joint is prone to failure.
Our improved Adirondack chair iminates all these maintenance headaches,
• No paint or varnish! Mahogany never needs finishing and weathers to a beautiful silver-gray color.
Sliding dovetails and mortise-and-tenon joints keep this chair rock solid through many seasons.
• No nails or exposed screw heads! Plugged stainless steel screws mean you'll never have to get the hammer nail set out before you can sit in the chair.
result is a comfortable, low-chair that lasts. You'll need about 16 bd. ft. of 4/4 and
Oh, no! I forgot to put the insert into the dovetail slot before routing the shape! This made a big gouge in the back teg and I was almost done shaping too!
To fix this loused-up leg, I first made a cut parallel to the grain to remove the gouge (see photo). Then I cut a strip from a similar board so the grain ran in the same direction as the
Rout the shape of the legs, arms and back slats using a hardboard template as a guide for the bearing of a flush-cutting bit. Fasten the template to the stock with double-faced cape. Make an insert to fill the gap created by the dovetail sockets in the arm and back leg templates.
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