Anatomy Of An Adirondack Chair

There are few pieces of outdoor furniture more inviting than an Adirondack chair. Its reclining seat and tilted backrest beckon the user to sink into the

Assembled with stainless steel screws and waterproof epoxy glue, and finished with a weatherproof varnish, the Adirondack chair shown at left is ready to face the elements.

seat and lean back, elbows propped on the wide armrests which provide plenty of room for books and a cold drink.

Most of the parts of the chair are irregularly shaped. To reproduce the classic design illustrated below, refer to the cutting patterns shown opposite. Remember that the dimensions cited in the cutting list represent the stock size before shaping on the band saw. Size the parts first, then transfer the patterns to the stock.

Arm brace

Fastened to underside of arm and out side face of leg

Screwed to leg and arm brace at front and to at rear

Batten

Reinforces back slats and keeps them aligned

Back slat

Screwed to back cleat, back support, and batten

Seat slat

Attached to top edge of apron and side rails

Fastened to front end of side rails

Attached to arm, arm brace, and side rail

Back support

Front edge tapered to rest flush against back slats; fastened to arms

Back cleat

Position determines placement and tilt of backrest; attached to top edge of side rail

Side rail

Profile of top edge determines curve of seat; screwed to inside face of leg

CUTTING PATTERN FOR CURVED PARTS OF CHAIR

Arm bract

V

i

Leg

I

Apron

1

3

5"

1

Arm

)

y

&acK support,

)

Side rail

r

3ack slat

1 square = 2 inches. Enlarge grid to produce a cutting pattern of the appropriate size for your project

CUTTING LIST

QTY

TH

W

L

Arm

2

3/4"

5'/a"

29"

Arm brace

2

1/4"

3"

10JÎ'

Leg

2

VÂ"

3/2"

21/4"

Side rail

2

114"

5/2"

303/4"

Apron

1

%"

5/2"

21/a"

Back cleat

1

r/4"

3JÎ"

2114"

Center back slat

1

3A"

5^"

35"

Side back slats

4

3/2"

35"

Back support

1

I/4"

3/2"

28"

Batten

1

3W

Seat slats

5

3/4"

3/4"

21/2"

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