How To Use Adirondack Chair Plans To Build Adirondack Furniture
Probably the most popular garden furniture: Adirondack Chairs. Not only because of their comfort and size are they so popular. Mainly because of their simple, uncomplicated design they have become a DIY woodworking evergreen.
This great feature is also the biggest pitfall for people who want to build their own Adirondack Furniture. One small miscalculation of an angle or a leg length and your chair will only make good firewood. And if you desire to build an Adirondack Furniture Set for your garden all dimensions must fit if you want it to look good.
With that said, every miscalculation will be a waste of time, effort and materials. No need to say that whith a good building plan you can save yourself a world of trouble.
Good plans will give you:
- The proper dimensions
- The right choice of materials to use
- Step by step building instructions
- The fitting tools to use
Just to give you an example of the amount of time and money you can save using good plans let me present you a case study of one of my readers:
I wasted enough wood to build two Adirondack chairs with only because I never considered the round cuts of the planks. I cut every board two inches short, making them useless for my project.With a $40 plan I would have saved myself $60 on timber alone.
Underestimating a simple design is commonplace and it will cost you. Not only a couple of bucks, screws and timber. I’m talking precious time and effort here, they are worth far more.
That’s why I greatly endorse Ted’s Woodworking Plans. They’re neatly laid out and easy to follow and the price is a steal compared to wasted time and materials if you make unnecessary mistakes.
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The True Value Of Adirondack Furniture Building Plans
When you possess a decent building plan for your Adirondack Furniture, the time and effort you save yourself will easily cover the costs of the plans.
Example: Ted’s plans cost $67 and if you’re quick they’re only $47 if you buy through this link.
Average pay per hour of a worker is $25. So if you waste two hours and ten yards of quality timber on a chair that doesn’t meet your expectations (torch wood) you would have been better off with some quality plans.
Other than that, Ted’s Woodworking Package carries more plans and designs than one can build in a lifetime and its benefits will serve you well for the rest of your woodworking life.
The Best Timber For Adirondack Outdoor Chairs
So once you have made your pick of Adirondack Chairs Plans it’s time to get your materials. There’s plenty of timber to choose from. Personally I use Larch or Pine Wood to build my outdoor furniture or a mixture of both.
The great advantage of pine wood is that it’s cheap and light weight and easy to work on. A drawback is that it’s not very weather resistant, so will need to use proper wood finishing to make it withstand your local climate.
Larch is a natural resin rich timber that has a higher price tag than Pine wood, but it saves you a lot of finishing time and material, so at the end of the day prices of both woods can be considered equal.
If you want your Adirondack Furniture to have a more natural or rustic look I recommend you use Larch Wood. It’s also very weather resistant, however the wood looses it’s fine color fast if you don’t do any finishing on it.
Time It Takes To Build A Set of Adirondack Chairs
Preparing the timber (measuring, cutting and laying out) will take you two hours max. for four chairs. Assembly shouldn’t take more than two hours as well. But there’s no rush! Woodworking should be fun, relaxing. And taking a break to have a cup of tea or a cold beer to admire your work so far is also a part of the process
So go get your plans, timber and set your beverages cold and start building the Adirondack Chairs of your dreams!