Hello! I'm Dave and
I started Furniture Den years ago with a single purpose in mind: the
very best Adirondack chair design in an easy to use pattern, which most
hobbyists could accomplish. We started with the original historic
patented design, then reviewed most other plans commonly available.
These adirondack chair patterns represent a culmination of years of
revision and study based on the original inspiration.
After years of positive feedback from
our customers, friends and family, we're confident you will appreciate these
woodworking designs and benefit from years of enjoyment.
Our Adirondack plans start with the
historical design, adapted to satisfy
3 goals: to be comfortable, beautiful, and durable.
Since not all people are the same, finding a
universal shape with curvatures that felt good was the next step. Based on extensive testing and revision, these designs feel
comfortable to most people, including big and small, tall or
wide. We're all made differently and that makes the world a better place.
curvature is crucial to how an Adirondack chair feels. You could throw a
cushion on any outdoor chair, but design quality is found in a seat
that is comfortable without a cushion, one which conforms to the body while
also not being too bucketed. Excessive seat curvature can give one a
feeling of being "socked in" to the chair or like you're sitting in a barrel.
You should feel free to move around as you sit.
Freedom of movement is
important in the seat and back curvature is also crucial to comfort, yet some Adirondack designs have a flat back.
Our back curvatures are designed to conform to your body while allowing for
plenty of arm movement and freedom to move around as you sit. Additionally, these chairs are designed to be
universally comfortable, rather than for only people of average height and
A well constructed Adirondack chair must bebeautiful, otherwise you could simply put a couple of
plastic chairs out. Adirondack chairs on the porch make a statement to the world passing by and
showcase your woodworking hobby.
A good design should offer years of satisfaction whether you are sitting in
the chairs or just looking at them. Our designs are visually aesthetic, so follow the patterns closely for
the best outcome..
Durable: By use of thick wood and notched front 3 x 3 legs, our chair designs have tested to hold a substantial
amount of weight. Durable by design, their strength also
depends on lumber grade and grain. The lumber recommended in the chair
designs, 5/4" x 6" select Western Red Cedar, is a commonly available
lumber/hardware stores for patio deck construction. For long
life we recommend applying deck sealer once per year..
We regularly hear
positive feedback from our customers. Here is a sampling of some of
the comments we've received:
"...Prompt shipping. Nice
item. This may be my son's 4-H project next year!"
"Just studied the plan. It is
a good one! Thanks"
"Great plans! Quick
delivery!! Free shipping!!! What more could you want?..."
"I ordered the plans a month or so ago and the plans were great. I am an
experienced wood worker and it was nice to build something that didn’t have
to be so “precise.”
a good design and woodworking pattern so the result that will be
Western Red Cedar is recommended, but other good outdoor woods include
poplar, treated lumber, teak, cypress, and redwood.
If using pine, oak, or another wood that is not designed for the outdoors,
prime with a wood primer, and then paint.
We recommend preconditioning the wood, use an oil based primer such as Kilz, and then a
quality paint (with much
ventilation). Do not
paint without first applying a wood primer. Finish with urethane or other
outdoor sealer after the paint and primer are fully cured. Allow plenty
of cure time between each application.
If you plan to use a wood size different than what we recommend, you will need
to have the conceptual ability to make adjustments.
Please be safe in the shop: tune-up and adjust your equipment, use a dust
mask, eye and hearing protection, stay sober, and take your time.
Although virtually any
object may be constructed with minimal hand tools, we're often asked what
tools are needed for a woodworking project. This is a difficult question to
answer as there is a multiplitude of alternate approaches that may be
used in woodworking, and each hobbyist may use their
judgment as to the tools needed.
These projects are much easier for the woodworker who owns a table
saw, electric jigsaw, coping saw, padded clamps, drills, square, level,
and sanding block, etc. Other tools could include a table-mounted router, drill press, etc.
The adirondack chair plans generally call
for up to 48 linear feet of 5/4 x 6” Western Red Cedar or Redwood, 4 ft of 4x4 cedar post,
eighty #8 –1 ¾” flat-head outdoor grade screws (stainless steel or
galvanized), and a tube of polyurethane-type wood glue. Other types
of outdoor grade wood may be substituted.