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    Adirondack Furniture

    Perhaps taking a lesson from Allen, I built a couple Adirondack chairs last week.

    I did go sort of against tradition, though - instead of 'lightweight and airy', mine are stocky, blocky, and heavy.

    I had a cheapo plastic 'Adirondack style' chair that I found comfortable, so I copied its dimensions in these.

    Since they'll remain outside 24/7/365, I made them from pressure treated wood. 4X4 front legs, 2X8 seat supports/back legs and 5/4 decking for the rest. Very heavy, but they're not likely to either blow over in a moderate wind, or sink too deep into the ground.

    They're drying out in the sun right now. I'll sand them down in a week or so, then let them 'weather in' for a couple months before I put any kind of a sealer or finish on them.
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    Those look beefy and beautiful at the same time. Well Done Jim.
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    Lookin' good. All that's missing from the pictures are a couple beers.
    Why finish? Howzabout just letting them get 'nature grey'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Lookin' good. All that's missing from the pictures are a couple beers.
    Why finish? Howzabout just letting them get 'nature grey'?
    they were properly cristianed by some good bass ale and they are well built as i saw them up close and personal
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    they were properly cristianed by some good bass ale and they are well built as i saw them up close and personal
    That's a relief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Lookin' good. All that's missing from the pictures are a couple beers.
    Why finish? Howzabout just letting them get 'nature grey'?
    Larry and I christened them with Bass Ale last Friday afternoon...

    Letting them 'naturalize' to grey is also an option. Since they're PT wood, they'll eventually match my deck surface, and they really don't need any finish. Oil will rub off on clothing, and varnishes will eventually crack and peel - and need redone - so 'natural' may well be the way they go.
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    Nice sturdy chairs Jim. I like the look. Is that a 3 legged table? It fits the chairs perfectly. Nice job.
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    yeah, baby, there aint nuthin in the world like relaxing in a home built adirondack chair.
    What I cant figure out is why you only made two.
    four is a nice number and it allows company to relax with you.
    And the beefy look is suberb!!!!!!

    thompsons deck sealant with a stain built in works great on pressure treated.

    (Ive built a few of them out of 5/4 decking, when someone ripped down their deck. They are a bit heavy, but they love them)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    Larry and I christened them with Bass Ale last Friday afternoon...

    Letting them 'naturalize' to grey is also an option. Since they're PT wood, they'll eventually match my deck surface, and they really don't need any finish. Oil will rub off on clothing, and varnishes will eventually crack and peel - and need redone - so 'natural' may well be the way they go.
    Hey, they are Adirondak chairs (almost as good as Ozark ), wat could be more natural?
    Answer: drinking from a jug a shine instead of beer from a can.

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    Hey Jim,
    Those look good- what did you use for fasteners?

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