DIY Adirondack Chair

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Here is a DIY Adirondack Chair project that you can complete for a fraction of a commercial units cost. Not only will it save you money; it will give you the satisfaction of building your own furniture that can last a lifetime.

The original Adirondack chair was invented in 1903 by Thomas Lee for his summer home in Wesport, New York. His design was stolen by Harry Bunnell; a local carpenter; who patented the chair in 1905 and sold it over the next 20 years to local vacationers.

The simple outdoor chair has grown in popularity over the last century, and has become synonymous with relaxation and simplicity. It is befitting a mountain retreat, or an ocean-side bungalow.

The materials and tools for this project are minimal; which makes this project even better.


  1. 7-8 Cedar fence boards.
  2. Outdoor grade wood screws.
  3. Waterproof wood glue.


  1. Saw.
  2. Drill.
  3. Tape measure.
  4. Pencil.

Here is the basic construction process from thissortaoldlife.

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The complete build and instructions can be found on Sadly it looks like they have discontinued their awesome blog; so I’m not sure how much longer the tutorial will be available.

Enjoy your new lawn furniture with pride for years to come.