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But it’s good old kick back relaxation that’s on the mind of Floyd Miller. He’s in search of the perfect rocking chair. RON: While he’s got the perfect westward view for a Florida sunset, he’s convinced there’s still one thing that would make his sunsets all the more enjoyable, a couple of rocking chairs. RON: Now building a chair from scratch, any chair, can be a challenging project. But one way to make it a whole lot easier is to purchase a set of plans. And that’s exactly what Floyd’s done. RON: So there’s the sort of assembly process right there, and these are all of our patterns here. RON: The plans include full size patterns for each chair part, a feature that eliminates a lot of guess work. RON: Each piece of chairs will be cut from a block of wood. The plans give us the rough dimensions for each block, so we set about making up a cut list. RON: List in hand we set about cutting our wood. In this case cedar, to the proper width, using the table saw. And then to the correct length using the sliding compound miter saw. Back over at the work table we use a utility knife to cut out the paper templates. I could tell by the way Floyd handled that knife that he was an engineer all right. Ron: Now this is the template for the rocker- this is the one that Floyd cut out. Nice job, huh? And see how we’re using this the straight edge of the template along the edge of the board right here? This will save us having to cut these lines. So we’ll put this in place, hold it in position with some small pieces of tape right here. Now, we could try to trace the outline of this with a pencil, but, I’m not going to do that. I’m going to use a felt tip marker. We’re going to make a series of lines across the paper to the wood like this. There we go, now we just peel off the pattern and there’s the shape that we want to cut out. RON: We’ll clamp the piece of wood to the table. This will keep it stable while we cut. Floyd takes first dibs at the jig saw, with two chairs to build there’s a lot of wood to cut. RON: Now we’ve used the paper template to cut this first rocker. But now for the rest of the pieces we’ll use this rocker for the template. All we have to do is lay it on top of the wood and trace the outline with a pencil. RON: So… using our paper and wood templates… Floyd and I trace and then cut all the pieces for our two matching chairs. FLOYD: Well you get to achieve something. You get to finish a project that is your project- you did it. RON: To make sure matching chair parts… like these rockers… are exactly the same, we clamp similar parts together… remove the high spots with a wood rasp and small hand plane…then smooth the surface with a power sander. RON: Well, that just about finishes up all the pieces that we have to cut out. Everything is laid over the table. Actually what you’re looking at here are all the parts necessary to build two chairs. What do you think Floyd? RON: We start assembling the sides of the chairs. It helps to have a large flat surface where we can lay everything out. We temporarily tack the parts together with galvanized finish nails… just to make sure everything fits properly. Then we bore clearance holes and install three eighths-inch carriage bolts. On the ends go washers then nuts, which we tighten snugly. RON: Well Floyd had to go teach his computer class and now I’m really in need of an extra pair of hands as I try to clamp the first seat board in place. RON: Sylvia, Floyd’s girlfriend, stopped by and jumps right in. We clamp one seat board in position to hold the two rocker sides upright. Then, we begin drilling pilot holes in the ends of the remaining seat boards. The boards are then attached to the frame sides with rust resistant deck screws. This extension bit in our cordless drill is exactly what we need for those hard to reach spots. RON: We’re gonna drop the screw in first. Alright now take the screw driver. Now pull the trigger very slowly on this. Now keep this perfectly straight and pull the trigger very slowly. OK. Alright. RON: Now we can start attaching the back slats, again using the rust resistant screws. RON: It was fun talking to Sylvia and once I hear she goes to aerobics class I have to give her another chance to put her muscle into the drill. All she needs is a little coaching. RON: Now I want to give you the other secret with using this drill. This has to be perfectly lined up with the drill shaft. Just a quick tap- bump bump. RON: With the slats in place, I remove the sharp edges with a block plane and rasp, then go over the entire chair with an orbital sander, paying special attention to the seat, back and arms. I’d say we’re just about ready to rock. RON: Well. I’d like you to be the first. Ok, see how this sits. How is it? Does it have a good rock to it? You know rockers have gotta have the right they don’t want to be pitching you forward or back. RON: Floyd returns from class just in time to sit back with Sylvia in their new chairs and enjoy the sunset. Have your project done by a local, qualified professional. CLICK HERE FOR A FREE QUOTE
Pine: While pine takes more maintenance than teak, it is far more affordable. This light wood slowly fades to an attractive gray. As a softwood, it’s more susceptible to dings, scratches, and, unfortunately, bugs. You’ll need to refinish it every year or two to keep the wood looking its best and to help protect it from the weather. But if upkeep doesn’t worry you and you’re on a tight budget, pine is an excellent choice. .
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Although steel is very strong, there isn’t really a need for this much support. For all intents and purposes, aluminum will do just fine unless you plan on furnishing a home for an NFL team with 300 pound guys. The others above offer more than enough strength and support without going overboard and costing you more money. Here’s an example of a great steel option!
What a beautiful place to relax and appreciate spring. Love the way you accessorized everything too!
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Learning how to build folding Adirondack chairs may be challenging, but the completed project is well worth it. If you are going to be placing these chairs outdoors for extended periods, make sure you treat the wood before you assembling the chair. It’s also essential to wear safety gear while your building your projects. Safety goggles, gloves, and masks can protect you from hazards you may encounter while working, and you should wear them at all times.
Ya, unfortunately these seem to be sold out at ALL the Costco’s near me. You’re in luck though because Costco.com is currently selling the “Long Beach Folding Adirondack Chair”, Item Number: 2397555 for $159.99. They’re a little more expensive & have a slightly different shape, but it may be what your looking for. Let me know if you end up finding them
Traditional Adirondack chairs were made from one long plank of wood cut into eleven pieces and assembled in a certain way to create a comfortable chair for an outdoor space. The chair back was tilted backward for comfort, and the armrests were quite wide. The early models were very simple structures without a lot of aesthetic flare, though more modern designs feature more elaborate cuts to create a look that is more visually appealing. Modern chairs are also larger than the original models for comfort. Adirondack chair kits mostly feature the more modern styles, though some traditional kits may be available.
Sometimes visuals just make it easier to realize which material checks all the boxes!
It’s always advised to buy Adirondack chairs of the company which also got cushions and other accessories in its collection. Most people like to purchase ottomans and bar stools along with the chairs and finding ones that compliment your chairs can be a challenging task. If the company also makes matching cushions and ottomans, you can buy them to complete the look of your backyard.
Steel is actually iron with carbon mixed in it to add strength and resistance to rust. Steel is the strongest material by far but it is also the heaviest and also more expensive. You don’t want to use steel materials for things like dining chairs or side tables that will be moved often. Also, steel can rust if not properly coated.
Bolt the legs and side members together, bolt head to the outside with a nut and flat washer inside. Seat the square shank below the head with a hammer blow. The shank will prevent the bolt from turning in the hole.
These units are made in the USA by Polywood and branded with Trex’s name and are of very high quality.
I liked how you said that you should consider the aesthetics and durability for your patio furniture. You also said that the types of materials will also be determined by where and how the furniture is being used. I think it’s important to choose patio furniture that has cushions that can be washed to keep it clean.
Written by Jen S. on Jan 28, 2011