DIY Plans for Adirondack Chairs
Build these modern Adirondack chairs for $30 a piece in just one day
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I have never been much of a speller but let me be the first to say the word, Adirondack would knock me out of any competition.
Luckily for me you don’t have to spell the word to make the chairs!
I have been wanting Adirondack chairs ever since we finished our small outdoor fire-pit project, but they are pretty pricey…
So I decided to build them using a modified plan I got from Ana White!
DIY Adirondack Chairs
Supplies for Two Chairs:
- (8) 2×4 Boards
- (2) 1×10 Boards
- 2-1/2″ Exterior Screws
- 1-1/2″ Exterior Screws
- 2″ Exterior Screws
- 2-1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
- Wood Glue
- WORKPRO® 20V Pink Cordless Drill
- WORKPRO® Miter Saw Stand 5-in-1 Portable Workbench
- WORKPRO® Adjustable Work Table
- WORKPRO® 1.6 Amp Electric Detail Sander
- Measuring Tape
- Circular Saw/Miter Saw
- WORKPRO® Clamps
- WORKPRO® Paint Brushes
Adirondack Chair Cut List
I cut and built one chair at a time but you could do all of your cuts first and then assemble the chairs.
This cut list is for 1 chair:
(2) 1×10 @ 22-1/2″ (seat pieces)
(3) 1×10 @ 19-1/2″ (back)
(2) 2×4 @ 32-3/4″ (back supports)
(2) 2×4 @ 31-3/4″ (arms)
(5) 2×4 @ 19-1/2″ (legs + horizontal supports)
(2) 2×4 @ 33-1/4″ (cut both ends 20 degrees off square- photo below for clarity)
Build the Arm/Leg Sets
Start by attaching one of the 19-1/2″ 2x4s to a 31-3/4″ 2×4 using wood screws & glue.
Use a square and clamps to make sure the angle is set & square.
Now it’s time to make the final cuts to the 33-1/4″ boards
Measure 2-1/2″ down from the short end of the 20 degree angle, then measure 3-1/2″ in from the long side.
Use a square to draw a line across these two points.
Now cut across this line with a circular saw or jigsaw.
Use the first board to trace the cut on the second board.
You should have two boards that look like the above photo when you are done.
Take one of the 33-1/4″ boards and attach it 13-3/4″ up the short side of the L.
Make a mirror copy of this creating two arm/leg sets.
Next, drill 1-1/2″ pocket holes on both sides of two of the 19-1/2″ boards.
Attach the supports with pocket screws, one at the front and one at the back connecting the two arm/leg sets.
Note: It is very important to assemble the chairs on a flat level surface, that is why I assembled everything on my WORKPRO adjustable table. If the surface is not level the chair might turn out wobbly.
Attaching Seat Boards
Attach the 22-1/2″ boards across the diagonal leg pieces using wood screws.
Leave a small gap in-between the two seat pieces for water drainage.
Attaching Back Support Pieces
Attach the two 32-3/4″ back supports to the back of the chair, use the remaining 19-3/4″ board to prop up the back piece (just prop, don’t attach it).
Attach them from the side on the bottom and from the front into the back support.
Remove the prop board and attach it to the bottom back of the chair.
You will see a better photo describing this location below.
Adding the Back Boards
Finally it’s time to attach the (3) 19-1/2″ back boards.
Use 2″ screws and attach the back boards from the back of the chair.
I used the square to create a gap in-between the backboards.
Finishing the Chairs
Now that the building part is done we can get to the finishing portion!
Fill in the screw holes with wood filler.
After the filler dried I sanded the chair with 180 then 220 grit sandpaper.
Then I painted the chairs with exterior paint in Black Magic, but you can also stain the chairs.
DIY Adirondack Chairs Reveal
Can you even believe I made these chairs for $30 a piece?!
They look so good and really comfy, plus a quarter of the price it was going to cost me to buy them.
All four chairs took me three days total to build and finish but if you don’t have a toddler I think two days is totally doable!
Let me know what you think of our new outdoor hangout and what color you would paint the chairs!