My beautiful shop assistant, Becca. Posing with her new chair. Notice the jewelry she dropped as she stepped up to have her picture taken.
It takes about 8 hrs to build one of these chairs from start to finish. Which, at my billable rate makes this a pretty damned expensive chair. Especially when you consider I've seen the chairs done in pine at Lowes, etc. for about the cost I have in the raw cedar lumber. On the other hand, the sensual and emotional catharsis the process provides, probably saves me double that in shrink fees. So it's a wash. Plus, built in cedar, they weigh almost nothing and no worries about rot. And, over the years, they've gotten a fine silver patina to them. They look better every year.
Since the first, I've made a matching set of 4 with cocktail tables for the deck, plus have done the cutting with Sean's Help for two more chairs which I'll send to Sean once he closes on his new house next week.
Adirondack Chair Plans
Note: on the last two chairs, I increased the length of the slats to 22". All other pieces crossing the chair, must be increased 2" as well. This was Ken Barlow's idea. He did it first on the two chairs he built. It makes the chair much more roomy and relaxing to get in and out of.