Basic Adirondack Chair Stepbystep

PHOTO B: Attach the back support, front legs and arm braces to the arm woiKpieces with 2-ln. galvanized screws.

PHOTO A: Attach the back legs to the seat stretchers with 2-ln. galvanized deck screws. Countersink the screw heads.

Build the seat assembly

0 Cut the back legs to length from 1x8 stock. Follow the Back I^egs drawing, page 329, to mark the angle cuts on the legs. Cut the leg angles with a jig saw or circular saw using a straightedge guide. Then cut the two seat stretchers to length.

Build the arm assembly ©Cut the front legs and the back support to length.

© Cut the arms and braces to size and shape. Mark for the angle cut on the back corner of each arm by measuring 12 in. along one long edge and 3 in. along the adjacent short end. Draw a line between these two points, and cut the angles with a jig saw guided by a straightedge. Save the triangular cutoff pieces; they'll become the arm braces.

© Attach the back legs to the seat stretchers. Position the face of the back stretcher 19 in. from the front ends of the legs and the leading edge of the front stretcher flush with the front ends of the legs. Mark the stretcher locations with a square, drill countersunk pilot, holes through the legs and the stretchers, and fasten the parts with 2-in. galvanized deck screws (See Photo A).

PHOTO A: Attach the back legs to the seat stretchers with 2-ln. galvanized deck screws. Countersink the screw heads.

© Measure and mark the positions of the front legs, braces, and back support on the arms (See Arms drawing, page 329). With the arms facedown on your workbench, use a combination square to mark the position of the front legs 2 Vs? in. from the front of each arm and 1VS in. from the inside edges. Center and mark for a brace on the outside face of each leg. Then position the back support. It. overlaps the inside edge of each arm by 3 in. and is inset 11/2 in. from the ends.

© Build the arm assembly. Turn the arms faceup and drill countersunk pilot holes through the arms lor attaching the legs and back support,. Attach the front legs and back support with 2-in. deck screws driven through the arms. Attach the braces to the arms and legs with countersunk 2-in. deck screws (See Photo B).

PHOTO B: Attach the back support, front legs and arm braces to the arm woiKpieces with 2-ln. galvanized screws.

Attach the arm & seat assemblies

Fastening the arm and scat assemblies together will require the use of temporary braces and clamps. Cut two 21-in. lengths of scrap for t he tempore] ry braces.

© Stand up the arm assembly and set the temporary braces beneath the arms to hold the arm assembly level. Position the seat, assembly between the front legs so the front ends of the back legs arc flush with the front edges of the front legs. Clamp the two assemblies together. The top corner of the

PHOTO C: Install the seat Clamp the seat assembly between the trout legs. You'll need to set temporary braces beneath the arms to hold them leveL Attach the seat assembly to the front legs with deck screws.

back legs should be 16 in. up from the bottom of the front legs,

© Fasten the seat assembly to the front logs with countersunk 2-in. deck screws. Drive the screws through the back legs into the front legs (See Photo C). Remove the temporary braces.

Build & attach the back

0 Cut the back slats a ad the back stretchers to length. Assemble the back by laying the slats facedown on your workbench with the bottom edges flush. Position the stretchers so the lower stretcher is 4 in. from the bottom ends of the back skits, and there is 16 in. between the top and bottom stretchers. Drill countersunk pilot holes, and drive 1 Vi-in. deck screws through the stretchers into the slats (See Photo D).

(0) Install the chair back. Attach the chair back by sliding it into position with the lower bac:k stretcher resting on the rear seat stretcher. Drill countersunk pilot holes through the back slats into the rear sent stretcher and the back support. Attach the back with 2-in. deck screws.

Attach hie seat slats

© Cut the five seat slats to length, and attach them to the back legs with 2-in. deck screws. Countersink the screw holes, and use Win. hard-board spacers to hold the slats evenly apart as yon fasten the slats (See Photo E). Note: You'll need, to remove the chair arms one at a time to fasten the slats. Drive all the screws on one side of the seat,

PHOTO 0: Arrange the back slats facedown on the bench, and fasten the back stretchers to the slats with iWfn. galvanized deck screws. Insert %-in. scrap spacers between the slats to make alignment easy.

replace the arm, then remove the other arm and attach the slats.

Finishing touches

(B Smooth all exposed chair surfaces and ease the corners with a sanding block. Apply the exterior scaler, stain or paint of your choice. Or leave the chair unfinished so if- weathers naturally to gray.

PHOTO E: Set the seat slats in place and insert V4-in.-thick hard-board spacers between the slats. Remove one chair aim for drill clearance and fasten the seat slats to the bach leg. Once the slats are attached on one side, reinstall the arm, remove the other arm and fasten the slats to the other hack leg. Then reinstall the arm.

PHOTO E: Set the seat slats in place and insert V4-in.-thick hard-board spacers between the slats. Remove one chair aim for drill clearance and fasten the seat slats to the bach leg. Once the slats are attached on one side, reinstall the arm, remove the other arm and fasten the slats to the other hack leg. Then reinstall the arm.

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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