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Fiona's Doll Adirondack Chair

December 10, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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An Adirondack Chair for 18" Dolls.

Fiona's Doll Adirondack Chair

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Fiona's Doll Adirondack Chair
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 – 1×3, 8 feet long (whitewood or furring strips should be about $1.50)
2 – 1×2, 8 feet long (whitewood or furring strips should be about $1.00 each)
1 1/4″ screws or nails
wood glue
finishing supplies

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
compound miter saw
sander
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 – 1×3 @ 13 1/2″ (Stringers, one end cut in step 1)
1 – 1×3 @ 10″ (Front Apron)
4 – 1×2 @ 10″ (Seat Slats)
5 – 1×2 @ 14″ (Back Slats)
3 – 1×2 @ 8 1/2″ (Back Supports)
2 – 1×3 @ 9″ (Front Legs)
2 – 1×2 @ 9 1/2″ (Arm Supports)
2 – 1×2 @ 9 1/2″ (Arms)

Step 1

Fiona's Doll Adirondack Chair

Stringers

This is going to be the most difficult part – getting this cut right. Just follow the directions above, and measure carefully, and you should be able to tackle this one with easy.

Step 2

Fiona's Doll Adirondack Chair

Front Apron

Now this is an easy step. Just screw the front apron to the stringers.

Step 3

Fiona's Doll Adirondack Chair

Seat Slats

Now simply screw the seat slats down. You can also use nail and glue – it’s a doll chair

Step 4

Fiona's Doll Adirondack Chair

Back

Now build the back as shown above.

Step 5

Fiona's Doll Adirondack Chair

Assembly

And then just attach the back to the stringers.

Step 6

Fiona's Doll Adirondack Chair

Front Legs

And then mark the front legs and attach to the chair front as shown in the diagram.

Step 7

Fiona's Doll Adirondack Chair

Arm Supports

Now attach the arm supports to the front legs, and then to the seat back.

Step 8

Fiona's Doll Adirondack Chair

Arms

And then just attach the arms to the arm supports.

If you have any apprehension about building an Adirondack Chair, this would be a fabulous project to start with. And I have to tell you, the Adirondack Chairs are amazing, some of my absolute favorite pieces in my own home.

Thanks again to Fiona for sharing her plans and photos!

It's been an especially busy time for me of late, as I am sure it is for most of you, with the Holidays in full swing.  We also have Grace's birthday right before Christmas. It's always an extra effort to try and not let the Holidays overshadow Grace's special day.

So when Fiona emailed me her cut list a few weeks ago for a doll Adirondack chair, I could not have been more thankful that she would give her plans to you - and give me a little bit of a break during these busy weeks before the Holidays.  But I wanted to get some of the larger projects blogged to give you time to build before Christmas, so this one's been promised for a few weeks, and I'm so happy to finally be able to blog this plan!  I'll be posting lots more smaller projects between now and the Holidays, things you can whip out in no time flat.

I'm itching to get back to some media walls and storage beds and bigger plans, and have big big plans for the new year.  It's going to be an exciting new year!   . . . But let's get back to small things for now.

Isn't Fiona's doll chair just adorable?  Building doll furniture is perhaps the most "fun" I've ever had building.  You don't have to be perfect, the finished project is so cute, doesn't take long, and it's usually quite inexpensive to build.  But the best part is the joy of giving these gifts to children.  Last night, I had a conversation with a friend who grew up on a farm with a mom that was like many of us, handy because she had to be.  And my friend told me about when she was a little girl, her mother made her doll cradles and a cupboard to use as a kitchen.  She's since moved thousands of miles from her mother, but has plans to find those wooden toys her mother built her, and give them to her own children.  The story really struck me as special, and I can only imagine what your children are going to think of these pieces you are building for them.

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Absolutely Adorable Ana!!

Absolutely Adorable Ana!!

posted by Shawn (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-12-13 03:39

I need to stop coming on this

I need to stop coming on this website for the next couple of days! I am building my 6 year old daughter a kitchen playset and I am half way done in building for Christmas. I also built her a doll bed but now I want to do the picnic table and the adirondack chair =)

posted by Jon'el (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-12-13 07:36

Ana - I featured Fiona's plan

Ana - I featured Fiona's plan on my blog today....hoping to get the "word out" about this much anticipated doll plan!! Thank you for posting, Ana, and thanks to Fiona for the specs!
http://piecesforreese.blogspot.com/2010/12/fionas-doll-adirondack-chair....
Kristi

posted by Kristi (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-12-13 08:03

So stinkin

So stinkin cute!http://cleverlyinspired.blogspot.com/2010/12/2-cookie-display.html

posted by Tracie (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-12-13 08:15

My husband (Santa) spent the

My husband (Santa) spent the day in the shop yesterday building the doll farmhouse bed and the crib. They're so cute! Thanks for the plans. I'll have to build the chair this spring :)

posted by Vanessa (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-12-13 11:04

I love this... and I love

I love this... and I love your site. THANK YOU ANA!!! We are building a playhouse right now, after that project is done, I'll have a TON of yourminiature furniture to build for it. My girls will love you after that's completed. :)

posted by Tasha (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-12-13 16:52

How big of a space did you

How big of a space did you leave between the seat slats?

posted by V (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-12-14 15:28

How big of a gap did you

How big of a gap did you leave between the seat slats? (Sorry, my email was mis-typed on the last question!!)

posted by V (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-12-14 15:29

1/4" sorry overlooked that!

1/4" sorry overlooked that!

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-12-14 15:38

You're quick, thanks!!

You're quick, thanks!!

posted by V (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-12-14 16:28

Are the arms by chance

Are the arms by chance suppose to be 1x3s instead of 1x2s?

posted by V (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-12-14 16:57

Arms

The pic does show 1x3s but the list shows 1x2s.  I built with 1x2s and didn't like the look so I swapped them out for 1x3s.  Much better.


posted by spiceylg | on Mon, 2011-04-11 06:41

i miss the old "people also

i miss the old "people also built this" with the 5 or so examples of other ideas

posted by dad the builder (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-15 00:17

Angles?


@V her pic and diagram both show 1x3s but cut list shows 1x2s.  I did the 1x2s and I didn't like the look so I then used 1x3s instead.  Much better.  Fiona/Ana I've a question, tried to post on FB, but didn't receive any feedback.  I had trouble on the angled piece.  Is it because the 1x3 isn't really a 1x3? Do the measurements take in account for this or is it just me?  Also, the diagram shows no angle cut on the bottom of the stringers, yet the picture of the finished product does.  Wondering about that angle because even though I'm still very happy with the end result, I think your chair might show the angle of the seat back further back then my finished result.  However, I saw no way to fix that if you put it flush with the stringer as annotated on plans.  Hope that makes sense how I explained it.


posted by spiceylg | on Sun, 2011-04-10 07:58

beautiful chair

I made the chair and it turned out great. My daughter is very happy with it and so are the girls!
thank you so much for the plan.
here is the link if you would like to check it out (i tried the brag section but no luck!)
http://beardollyandmoi.blogspot.com/2012/06/doll-summer.html

posted by Morgane-O (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-06-26 19:56

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