Steps // How to Build an Adirondack Chair
1 ×

Assemble the Base

 
Step One // How to Build an Adirondack Chair

Assemble the Base

assemble the base
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Cut the front legs to length and width. Make the seat supports, which are also the back legs. Round off one end of each seat support and angle the other end. Screw the seat supports together with a crosspiece overlapping their angled ends. Attach the front legs to the crosspiece.

 
2 ×

Start the Seat

 
Step Two // How to Build an Adirondack Chair

Start the Seat

start the seat
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Cut seat slats the same length as the front crosspiece. Cut a curve into the middle part of one of the slats. Bevel this cut to match the recline of the seat back by angling the jigsaw blade 10 degrees. Make a corresponding cut in another slat to create a 1¾-inch curved gap between the two that will sandwich the back slats. Screw the rear seat slat to the supports.

 
3 ×

Make the Back

 
Step Three // How to Build an Adirondack Chair

Make the Back

make the back
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Cut two back braces with the same curve as the rear curved-cut seat slat, but with a 25-degree bevel. Cut one to the width of the seat plus the two arms. Cut the other to fit the width of the back. Attach the longer back brace to the top of a piece of 1-inch-wide wood, and screw this riser to the side of the back leg.

 
4 ×

Attach the Arms

 
Step Four // How to Build an Adirondack Chair

Attach the Arms

attach the arms
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Cut two arms with a rounded front. Round over the end of a support block and attach it to the outside of each front leg. Screw the arms to the front legs and longer back brace.

 
5 ×

Attach the Slats

 
Step Five // How to Build an Adirondack Chair

Attach the Slats

attach the slats
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Cut back slats with rounded ends. Arrange them in a fan between the arms. Screw the slats to the rear seat slat and back braces, positioning the shorter brace as high as possible. Screw on the remaining seat slats.

 

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