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Adirondack chairs have been popular for many years because they are comfortable, sturdy, and easy to construct.  We will show you two variations of the design, and even more variations of the style of the back of the chair.  

To start, we'll point out the two variations of chair styles.  Each is simple to build, and uses standard lumber.  The chair design on the left is the original design, and the design on the right is a little updated with a curved seat and new back legs.  Most of our discussion here will be appropriate for either style. You can even mix and match by doing such things as adding the curved seat to the original design chair.

 

Original Style

 

Updated Style

 

 

Overview: Adirondack chairs can be made from a variety of woods.  The most common wood used in their construction is 5/4 pine.  My recommendation is to use southern yellow pine (SYP) because it's high resin content makes it naturally resistant to decay. If you have trouble locating 5/4 SYP look for pine stair tread material.  Stair tread material comes almost free of knots because it comes from the center of the tree.    Let's get started...
Step 1: Mark and cut your materials per the cutting diagram on the next page.  Sand and smooth each piece in preparation for assembly.

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