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Adirondack chairs and a table

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This will (hopefully) be a fast journal. My dad can't down for the the day weekend and we are building him two Adirondack chairs from plans he bought at Woodcraft and a table to go in between them that I made on sketchup. 17944dc7c0419ef596fffe98d3990f99.jpg

This is the stack of cedar (mostly Western red some Eastern red, I think)we got Friday night. Surprisingly we were able to find all of the boards at one HD. I actually found two 2x8s that were completely clear. The plans he bought had templates for all the pieces with curves so we got some transfer paper from WC as well. This stuff is actually pretty good. I'm not gonna lie I had my reservations about his week it was gonna work but it worked flawlessly. It even works for more than one line best I could tell. This morning we traced everything out onto some ~1/8" hardboard and cut them out with my new PC jig saw my dad got me for graduating college.3817d141ebffd4aca051e63947bb6366.jpgf6ff2c03ace3139346b7729b5acd9300.jpgd9e80055b4aee9e033614be683cfc375.jpg552afbdf68e6667ebed7bf0b94bc3e55.jpg

I don't have a band saw so on the curves I just cut it "close" and then handed the pieces to my dad who did the final shaping on the bench top belt sander. I got a little aggressive on one of the back slats and ended up snapping the corner off of the piece so we had to retrace out that one and I "let" my dad cut it out. (my forearms were burnt up) We got all of the pieces laid out on the boards taking care to not have a knot on the edge of a piece as my plan is to test out my dewalt router I got myself with grad money. (Tool reviews to come for jig saw and router) I forgot to grab Turner's tape but the wife offered to drive to WC and pick some up for us while we were working. The table I drew up screams mission to me not "Adirondack" but I had a hell of a time trying to draw an Adirondack style table so what ever306af60ae9a24a1ffbf7b1a7b6ed2781.jpgfbc44f353199c17badcd5779cf79c03a.jpgd0d2657858b8e3b4b8c874ce1a6493ed.jpg

I decided that having that many support slats was over kill (no duh right) so I resuced that down to three. My dad liked the smaller skirt on the right which is a 3" verses the larger 4" on the left. We are finishing all three with Watco's Exterior "natural". More to come tomorrow. I'm sure I didn't give all the details but just ask and I'll fill in the gaps.

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The chairs and table are lagniappe from getting to work with your dad. Looks like a cool build. Enjoy and continue to share it with us.

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Awesome I was thinking of a similar build...but I couldn't figure out what height to make the table so it would be comfortable with adirondack chairs. How tall is yours going to be?

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Awesome I was thinking of a similar build...but I couldn't figure out what height to make the table so it would be comfortable with adirondack chairs. How tall is yours going to be?

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I made the table height 18 3/4" tall overall to slide under the arms of the chairs.

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Legs for the table are all glued up. First time using the WS in an actual gluee up and it went pretty well I think no major screw ups7a6cf0eadd4a0923abb5c6db96403971.jpg204c2b91305eafa65390e30d472df961.jpg

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We Made a golf club!!!

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Pics of all the rounded pieces roughed out for the chairs and the square chair boards are cut to size. We got the table boards cut to width just need to cut to length.

Ive been on the router table now for a hour or two trying not to make a missile with one of these pieces...

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Well the templates were a bust. The 1/8" hard board wasn't thick enough to properly use the bearing and the super soft cedar resulted in three pieces having to be remade. We shut it down for the night about 10:30 CST after spending 5 hours cutting most of the pieces out with my dad on the jig saw and me on the scroll saw. The wife even came out for a little bit and started sanding boards we were done with. All in all it was not the most successful day in the shop.

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10 hours ago, trialbyfire said:

Well the templates were a bust. The 1/8" hard board wasn't thick enough to properly use the bearing and the super soft cedar resulted in three pieces having to be remade. We shut it down for the night about 10:30 CST after spending 5 hours cutting most of the pieces out with my dad on the jig saw and me on the scroll saw. The wife even came out for a little bit and started sanding boards we were done with. All in all it was not the most successful day in the shop.

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I often use 1/4" MDF for template stock.  Inexpensive and generally available at lumber yards.  Easily shaped for fairing curves after rough-cutting to shape on the bandsaw.

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With your curved parts remember to always route 'downhill'.  Softwoods and 'uphill' routing are a recipe for tearout and "missile launches".

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I actually debated if I would need a bit with top and bottom bearings... I guess I didn't think the template process all the way through. Oh well, I always did learn best with trial by fire. (Hints my user name lol)

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Everything for the two chairs is sanded/shaped. All well need to do if drill the holes for the dowels to put it all together. The table pieces still need to be cut to length. We are now in a holding pattern until my dad can get back down from Dallas.

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My dad came back down this weekend. We should be able to get everything done this time.

Last night and this morning we are putting the bevels on the seat closure slats and the middle back brace using my piece of ..... scroll saw. It likes to overheat (?) And then not turn on after you've turned it off so this process takes about twice as long as it should. I tried taking the cover plate for the motor off last night but there are screws/wires that I can't get to/probably shouldn't remove so I just blew it out with the air compressor. 41998d36141d5a6637752eb0d6190f3a.jpg117b42e98784a097e5f96c8b487c7170.jpg8a97c13bf92aad11ac029adca3b66fcc.jpg

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We are letting the scrpll saw take a break. So on to the stopped dados for the slat supports on the table.

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Gotta make 3 of those on 2 of the apron pieces.

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The router bit is a little bit wider than the wood but the depth of the dado is near perfect. 5 more to go.

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The old scroll saw died.... I think it had an electrical short because you had go push the "ON" button juuuuusst right to make it come on...sooooooo.....

New scroll saw!!!!

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I'm blaming the old and kinda rusty blades that I got with the old scroll saw (came out of my grandads shop) for all of the broken blades.

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Front legs and arm supports epoxied a6db5a8c29f52cd5fc0b92497794caf8.jpg667f110a2f52fa15a28a9b530f6168f8.jpg

Plans called for screws and plugs but I convinced my dad that we could do it with no screws.[emoji41]

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TBF, you mentioned your dad " coming back down from Dallas". Where are you located?

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TBF, you mentioned your dad " coming back down from Dallas". Where are you located?

I'm in San Antonio. The last stop on 35 before you hit bfe then Mexico. Lol

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