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How to Build a Super Easy Little Adirondack Chair

May 19, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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So fun, a cute little kids Adirondack Chair! Easy to build and inexpensive, the perfect place to start if you are worried about the angles and cutting stringers for Adirondack Chairs.

Special thanks to Dawn for sharing her photos with us.

How to Build a Super Easy Little Adirondack Chair

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How to Build a Super Easy Little Adirondack Chair

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
How to Build a Super Easy Little Adirondack Chair
Dimensions: 
For the Kid Sized Chair, overall dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 – 1×4, 8′ Length
2 – 1×2, 8′ Length
2 – 1×3, 8′ Length
Wood Glue
Wood Filler
1 1/4″ Screws
2″ Screws

wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
circular saw
jigsaw
level

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 – 1×4 @ 25 1/2″ (Stringers)
1 – 1×4 @ 15″ (Front Apron)
5 – 1×2 @ 15″ (Seat Slat, Main)
1 – 1×3 @ 15″ (Seat Slat, Front)
2 – 1×3 @ 13″ (Front Legs)
2 – 1×2 @ 14 1/2″ (Arm Supports)
2 – 1×3 @ 14 1/2″ (Arm Rests)
5 – 1×3 @ 20 3/4″ (Back Slats)
1 – 1×2 @ 13 1/2″ (Back Trim)
1 – 1×4 @ 13 1/2″ (Back Apron)
1 – 1×2 @ 16 1/2″ (Back Support)

General Instructions

Work on a clean levels surface. Use good straight boards. One outdoor projects such as this one, it’s a good idea to paint your boards first (or invest in a tiny paint brush to get in between the cracks) so sand and give your boards a nice paint job first. Remember, you can click diagrams for larger views. Predrill and countersink all of your screws. I would use a screw pattern like done here so that your screws look nice and even (and you don’t have to finish the chair again after it’s assembled) And be safe and have fun!

Step 1

How to Build a Super Easy Little Adirondack Chair

BENCH MODIFICATIONS
By simply doubling the number of back slats and increasing the seat width, you can get a bench. On the adult version, you can also create a bench, but you should add a couple of supports that run parallel to the stringers. The kids version won’t need these supports.

Step 2

How to Build a Super Easy Little Adirondack Chair

Mark the front of your stringers as shown in the diagram.

Step 3

How to Build a Super Easy Little Adirondack Chair

Mark the back of your stringers as shown here. Cut the stringers. Once you get a stringer that you are happy with, use it as a pattern for the rest of your stringers.

Step 4

How to Build a Super Easy Little Adirondack Chair

FRONT APRON
After you cut your stringers, attach the front apron as shown above with 2″ screws and glue. Keep the top edges flush

Step 5

How to Build a Super Easy Little Adirondack Chair

SEAT SLATS
Attach the seat slates with 1 1/4″ screws and glue as shown above

Step 6

How to Build a Super Easy Little Adirondack Chair

LEGS
Attach the front legs as shown above with 1 1/4″ screws and glue. The front seat board top will be at a height of 10″.

Step 7

How to Build a Super Easy Little Adirondack Chair

ARMS
First attach your arm supports (the 1x2s in yellow above) to the leg tops using a level and 1 1/4″ screws. Then attach the arm rests as shown above.

Step 8

How to Build a Super Easy Little Adirondack Chair

BACK
Build the back as shown above, using 1 1/4″ screws and glue. Leave a 1/4″ gap between the back slats. The middle support board (shown in blue above) will overhang the sides by 1 1/2″ on each side.

Step 9

How to Build a Super Easy Little Adirondack Chair

ASSEMBLY
Position your back into the chair, as shown above. An extra hand would be super helpful at this point. When you are happy with the back’s position, screw with 2″ screws as shown above.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
You may wish to add wood filler to screw holes and apply a touch up coat of paint to you chair. Also, spraying with an exterior varnish or polyurethane will help protect the chair from the elements and would just cost a few dollars and take a few min

I have a confession. I miss seeing brightly colored picnic tables popping up on our Facebook page and on our Flickr Group.  So when I designed this plan, I've got high hopes of seeing lots of color.

Like this much color!  I especially love these colors on the Pottery Barn Kids Adirondack Chairs . . . YES, these are kiddo sized!  You can see the adult sized version here.

PLAYHOUSE DECK
And yes, they will fit right on the porch of the playhouse!  I've got two walls done, can't wait to show you pictures.  Each wall costed about $20 (free for me because the plywood fairy dropped a bunk of exterior 3/8" lauan off in my yard!) and took about an hour to build.  Got two to go, some roof rafters, and hopefully we will have a playhouse soon (I wanted to put my roof rafters up before I blog the rest of the plan just to make sure it's easy for you to do!).

BENCH SIZE
And yes, you can easily make this chair bench size by simple adding more back slats and increasing the length of the seat slats and the back supports.  And yes, I will also blog that cute little coffee table so that you can use up your scraps.

MUST WATCH VIDEO

If you haven't had a chance to watch this video, I highly recommend taking a second to see how the adult sized chair goes together.  It's the same process for the kid's chair.

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How adorable! The chair on

How adorable! The chair on the patio of the playhouse was the killer for me. Looks amazing! Thank you so much!

posted by The {G} Family (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-05-19 16:06

my gosh!!!! please show some

my gosh!!!! please show some pictures!!!

posted by Johanna (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-05-19 16:15

Oh gosh! I just LOVE seeing

Oh gosh! I just LOVE seeing how you make mini versions of your other plans. It might be a while before I ever make something (I live in an apartment), but by golly I know that I CAN make something someday! Thanks for the inspiration! I love looking at your blog everyday!

posted by Rachel@MyPinkFlipFlops (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-05-19 19:16

Why another new site design?

Why another new site design? The colorful chairs are cute and all...

posted by aNonnyMouse (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-05-19 20:36

Can't wait to make the kid

Can't wait to make the kid version...I'm picturing fuschia chairs...

posted by Maggie (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 10:01

I was just talking to my mom

I was just talking to my mom about wanting to make some off these. now I will since you made some easy to follow plans. Thank you love the kid size I will have to make 2 kid size and 2 Adult size. My list is getting way too long!

posted by marcie (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 23:52

I don't know when you changed

I don't know when you changed the site look to these chairs, but I love love love it! The flowery one is gorgeous but a little busy for me to concentrate on your plans....this I LOVE! : )

posted by Greeneydmama (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 10:08

Ana-Your website is

Ana-

Your website is fantastic!!! I was wondering if you have posted the plans for the adirondack coffee table yet. Please forgive me if I have overlooked it. Best of luck in your continued success!

Michael

posted by michaelsuitt (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-08-24 11:59

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