DIY Plans for Adirondack Chairs :


DIY Plans for Adirondack Chairs

Build these modern Adirondack chairs for $30 a piece in just one day

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I have never been much of a speller but let me be the first to say the word, Adirondack would knock me out of any competition.

Luckily for me you don’t have to spell the word to make the chairs!

I have been wanting Adirondack chairs ever since we finished our small outdoor fire-pit project, but they are pretty pricey…

So I decided to build them using a modified plan I got from Ana White!

I was able to build these simple Adirondack chairs for only $30 a chair, using just a few of my favorite WORKPRO Tools!

DIY Adirondack Chairs

Supplies for Two Chairs:

DIY Plans for Adirondack Chairs
  • (8) 2×4 Boards
  • (2) 1×10 Boards
  • 2-1/2″ Exterior Screws
  • 1-1/2″ Exterior Screws
  • 2″ Exterior Screws
  • 2-1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
  • Wood Glue

Tools:

DIY Plans for Adirondack Chairs

Adirondack Chair Cut List

DIY Plans for Adirondack Chairs

I cut and built one chair at a time but you could do all of your cuts first and then assemble the chairs.

This cut list is for 1 chair:

(2) 1×10 @ 22-1/2″ (seat pieces)

(3) 1×10 @ 19-1/2″ (back)

(2) 2×4 @ 32-3/4″ (back supports)

(2) 2×4 @ 31-3/4″ (arms)

(5) 2×4 @ 19-1/2″ (legs + horizontal supports)

(2) 2×4 @ 33-1/4″ (cut both ends 20 degrees off square- photo below for clarity)

Build the Arm/Leg Sets

DIY Plans for Adirondack Chairs

Start by attaching one of the 19-1/2″ 2x4s to a 31-3/4″ 2×4 using wood screws & glue.

DIY Plans for Adirondack Chairs

Use a square and clamps to make sure the angle is set & square.

DIY Plans for Adirondack Chairs

Now it’s time to make the final cuts to the 33-1/4″ boards

Measure 2-1/2″ down from the short end of the 20 degree angle, then measure 3-1/2″ in from the long side.

Use a square to draw a line across these two points.

Adirondack Chair Cut List

Now cut across this line with a circular saw or jigsaw.

Adirondack Chair Cut List

Use the first board to trace the cut on the second board.

You should have two boards that look like the above photo when you are done.

Adirondack Chair Cut List

Take one of the 33-1/4″ boards and attach it 13-3/4″ up the short side of the L.

Adirondack Chair Cut List

Make a mirror copy of this creating two arm/leg sets.

Adirondack Chair Cut List

Adding Supports

Adirondack Chair Cut List

Next, drill 1-1/2″ pocket holes on both sides of two of the 19-1/2″ boards.

DIY Adirondack Chair

Attach the supports with pocket screws, one at the front and one at the back connecting the two arm/leg sets.

Note: It is very important to assemble the chairs on a flat level surface, that is why I assembled everything on my WORKPRO adjustable table. If the surface is not level the chair might turn out wobbly.

DIY Adirondack Chair

Attaching Seat Boards

DIY Adirondack Chair

Attach the 22-1/2″ boards across the diagonal leg pieces using wood screws.

DIY Adirondack Chair

Leave a small gap in-between the two seat pieces for water drainage.

Attaching Back Support Pieces

DIY Adirondack Chair

Attach the two 32-3/4″ back supports to the back of the chair, use the remaining 19-3/4″ board to prop up the back piece (just prop, don’t attach it).

DIY Adirondack Chair

Attach them from the side on the bottom and from the front into the back support.

DIY Adirondack Chair

Remove the prop board and attach it to the bottom back of the chair.

DIY Adirondack Chair

You will see a better photo describing this location below.

Adding the Back Boards

DIY Adirondack Chair

Finally it’s time to attach the (3) 19-1/2″ back boards.

Use 2″ screws and attach the back boards from the back of the chair.

I used the square to create a gap in-between the backboards.

DIY Adirondack Chair

Finishing the Chairs

DIY Adirondack Chair

Now that the building part is done we can get to the finishing portion!

DIY Adirondack Chair

Fill in the screw holes with wood filler.

DIY Adirondack Chair

After the filler dried I sanded the chair with 180 then 220 grit sandpaper.

Then I painted the chairs with exterior paint in Black Magic, but you can also stain the chairs.

DIY Adirondack Chairs Reveal

Plans for Adirondack Chair build

Can you even believe I made these chairs for $30 a piece?!

They look so good and really comfy, plus a quarter of the price it was going to cost me to buy them.

Plans for Adirondack Chair build

All four chairs took me three days total to build and finish but if you don’t have a toddler I think two days is totally doable!

Plans for Adirondack Chair build

These Adirondack chairs are perfect for our new outdoor fire pit area and the best part is I only needed a few of my favorite WORKPRO Tools.

Plans for Adirondack Chair build

Let me know what you think of our new outdoor hangout and what color you would paint the chairs!

Ps: WORKPRO Tools is having a Memorial Day site wide sale! BOGO 30%OFF Site wide from now until May 31st





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