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    Free Adirondack Chair Plan {Printable}

    Posted by  ·  August 2, 2012

    This month Lowe’s challenged me to do something to enhance my backyard. I have always wanted Adirondack chairs along the lake. So we took the challenge and made a chair for each family member!

    adirondack chair plans

    The chairs go together quite easily and this a great way to get the whole family building!

    How to build an Adirondack chair

    First download the Adirondack chair template.  The template is actual size so you will have to have it printed on 24″ by 36″ paper at a local copy shop. Many copy shops will allow you to email the file to be printed. Then all you have to do is trace around the pieces, no measuring! Super easy!

    Free Adirondack Chair Plans Printable Download

    Supplies for Adirondack Chair

    60 -1 1/2″ deck screws
    10 – 2″ X 1/4″  carriage bolts along with flat nuts and washers
    2 – 12 ft 1 X 6  treated lumber (on one cut the middle back of chair, upper back support, one seat, and two arms) (on the second cut two legs, the first seat piece/bottom support for back, and two seat pieces)
    1 – 8 ft 1 x 4 treated lumber (cut both support for arms, the front cross piece of chair, and two legs)
    1 – 10 ft 1 x 4 treated lumber (cut all four of the remaining back of chair)

    Lay all templates out before cutting, carefully placing to get the most pieces from one board. Trace, cut and sand.

    Bolt legs together with 2 inch carriage bolts.

    Once legs are assembled, screw the front cross piece between the front legs.

    Screw the bottom support to the back legs.

    Screw arm supports to the side of each front leg. For the entire chair, drill pilot holes to keep the wood from splitting.

    Screw on arms of chair onto the front legs.

    Again drill pilot holes and then bolt on back support piece.

    Screw middle back piece on chair. Make sure both arms and vertical back piece are level before attaching.

    Screw on next two back pieces spacing evenly, making sure to keep arms level.

    Evenly screw on remaining back pieces.

    Screw on seat boards.

    An amazing and comfortable adirondack chair!

    The easiest thing to do is print of the actual size template at your local copy shop. If you want dimensions, we have done our best to recreate them for you.

    Adirondack Chair Dimensions



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    Disclosure, Lowe’s provided me with a gift card for supplies.



    1. Jon
      Saturday, April 9th, 2016
      Rick Ladouceur, can you please post some pictures of the love seats you made. Thank you!
      • Thursday, April 14th, 2016
        Yes Rick! We would love to see. You can send me a picture and I can upload. Thanks so much!
    2. Rick Ladouceur
      Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
      I have made 28 of these chairs now for friends and family. I use western red cedar stained and they look awesome. The first chair I did was a as a test using economy grade 1x6 spruce and 4 years later & outside in a Canadian winter the chair still looks great as well.

      I did extend the back boards 4 inches and made another curved back piece that runs across the top, at the back, to minimize warping. I position the arms 1 inch in front to the leg piece and this moves the back rest slightly ahead, the angle is such that it is easier for elderly folks to get back out of the chair (me).

      Cutting the 30 degree angles is a challenge, I have tried band saws, scroll saws and jig saws. A good quality jigsaw with new blades works best for me. It takes some sanding after to remove cut marks. I also router all edges which helps to smooth the lines out as well.

      I have also made a couple of love seats (2 chairs joined together) by extending the very front board across the two chairs and adding a board across the two sets of legs in behind the back pieces, then build a table attached to the bottom of the arms that closes the gap between the two chairs.
    3. Alan Barham
      Saturday, February 27th, 2016
      I've tried this but the plans come up short at Staples . I had to extend all parts by at least 1or2 inc from parts list
    4. Sean
      Monday, February 15th, 2016
      I am going to try this pattern for around our pool! I was wondering why you used carriage bolts rather than countersunk (if that's a word) screws? I don't really like the look of the bolt heads showing. Do you think wood screws would be strong enough?
    5. Joe Williams
      Monday, October 26th, 2015
      Thanks for the templates. I modified the back, seat and legs to make a victorian andirondak chair. I plan on making several chairs and a love seat. I'll send a picture if you want one
    6. Rod H.
      Friday, September 25th, 2015
      I would like to see a settee/loveseat printable done like this with a table in the center. I imagine the long front and back pieces would have to be printed as a mirror image, so that when cut out you would trace out the piece then flip it to get the full length.
      I built a single adirondack chair like the one shown and my parents really liked it, but I think the settee would really be neat for them,but they both would need armrests of matching height to get out of the chair. They are both in their 80s.
      Thanks, Rod.
    7. Tim
      Thursday, August 6th, 2015
      Screw on arms of chair onto the front legs... Just any ole where. lol
    8. ken
      Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

      Just curious... is this actual 1 x 6 or is it true deck lumber 5/4 x 6. The reason I ask is because deck lumber is 1" thick unlike 1 x 6 which is actually .75" thick.

    9. Corrine
      Friday, July 24th, 2015
      Comment #121... Brett was CORRECT! You can actually print it out yourself. Save the PDF, open it in Adobe REader and print it out using POSTER MODE. I didn't see "POSTER MODE" and kept trying to print it..DUH.
      THANKS BRETT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
        Thanks Corrine and Brett! I haven't tried that.
    10. Jennifer
      Saturday, July 11th, 2015
      I would be greatful to know how to go about cutting the 30 degree angle. What sort of tool is best here?
      • Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
        Jennifer we cut it with a scroll saw....but a band saw or jig saw would work. Trace the pan onto the wood and it will help you cut it. Hope this helps. Don't hesitate to ask for more help.
    11. Mary
      Friday, July 10th, 2015
      i want the chair to be bar height. What adjustments do I need to make?
    12. Ricardo
      Monday, June 29th, 2015
      Hey guys. I just made this chair with my father, using this plan. Here's a time lapse video of us making it. Hope you like it!
      • Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
        Ricardo this is fabulous! Great video!
    13. Derrick
      Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
      Thank you for the information with regard to making this great project. I made one chair and then decided to make an additional chair for my wife. Then, not surprisingly, our two children wanted one as well. However, the templates really save time. Thanks again for posting the information.
    14. Pedro Fehlauer
      Friday, May 22nd, 2015
      Dears, THANKS a lot for the plans, I built two of them, they look great! I guess these are the first ones on Argentina coming from your plans ;-) Yes, they are standing in my backyard in Buenos Aires, looking just great! Since we use metrical system, I had to prepare a conversion table to make sure all dimensions were ok. To print it out in big size, I used the Acrobat feature to print out a poster and then I glued them together. It worke perfectly well!

      Thanks again, if you want a Picture hos they look like, let me know!

      Kind regards, Pedro
    15. Josh
      Saturday, May 9th, 2015

      Are all the cuts made using a band saw and a table saw?
      • Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
        We used a scroll saw instead of a band saw but a band saw or jig saw would work. Whatever you are most comfortable with. We also used the table saw.
    16. Kevin
      Thursday, April 30th, 2015
      Are these chairs stackable? Looking for a way to store them in the winter when they are not in use.
    17. Matt
      Monday, April 27th, 2015
      I have a question about the upper back support. It s says to "cut edge upwards
      at a 30° angle" - am I correct in assuming that the template shape represents the upper surface of this board, and as a result of the angle of the cut, the lower surface will be slightly wider?
    18. Zoltán
      Monday, April 13th, 2015
      I like your site! Thanks for the chair has drawing!
    19. David
      Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
      I emailed the file to a local copy center and they stated that they could not print it out for me because it is copyright protected. How do I get around this issue?
    20. Brett
      Monday, February 16th, 2015
      FYI, if you save the PDF, then open it in Adobe Reader, you can print in poster mode and it will print it out to several pieces of paper. Then you just tape your papers out and make a real template out of poster board or cardboard.
    21. Gary Chandler
      Thursday, November 13th, 2014
      Wow, I should have had the templates made. I just used the drawings and cut out pilots to mark with. Then I noticed that not only were the 1st seat piece and back assymetrical, but no way were the back boards going to fit the upper back rest! Had to redesign and recut these to work.
    22. James
      Monday, August 18th, 2014
      This was my first attempt at building an Adirondack chair and let me say it was an absolute pleasure to build.Thank you for taking the time to put this together. I went down to the local office Depot..pulled up your website on their computer..and had it printed out on a 24"by 36" sheet of paper and it worked out perfectly. Cost me under 5$ to print out.
      The only issues I had were the 30 degree angle cuts,and that's more operator error as I'm using a jigsaw, and trying to figure out where to screw in the arm rests. Mine ended up about two inches in front of the legs and it worked out perfectly. I planned on making a total of six so I cut the templates out of sturdy cardboard to make them easier to trace and after that it was a breeze. The fist chair was done in under 6 hours. Within the next 2 days I made 5 more. Thanks again.
    23. Bill
      Monday, July 14th, 2014
      I had a bad experience making an Adirondack chair about 12 yrs ago. Recently, we acquired a Summer home and I wanted to try again. After a lot of searching I found your plans. I made one and had some issues with the angle cuts for the bottom seat back slat. Everything else went quite well. I increase the length of the back slats by 2" as someone suggested. Made 1/4" templates and then made three more. The response from almost everyone that sits in them is that they are just so comfortable. My wife sat in one for over two hours with no cushions and was just amazed. I do have a shopsmith with a bandsaw plus various sanding attachments which helped a lot.

      I used pine that I had from a previous undone project. The stainless steel deck screws come in 1 5/8" length and that is not a problem but the plans call for 1 1/2". Stained with Thonpson's Semi transparent wood proofing stain, Harvest Gold. It looks great.

      Tried to post a pix of the four of them but can not figure out how to do it on here.

      Thanks you for these plans. Very happy with the results. I got mine printed at Office Depot without any difficulty.
    24. Nick
      Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
      Sorry, I just do not understand how something greater than 2 ft long will fit on a peice of paper only two feet wide. I have been on the phone with Kinkos for twenty minutes and it is a scaling nightmare.
    25. Eric
      Thursday, June 12th, 2014
      Okay, I love this design. I printed the templates yesterday and built one last night. It cost $34 for the lumber and hardware and I spent 3.5 hours from tracing the templates to sitting in my new chair. I plan on building one more after work today. Thank you for posting this great, simple design. I will be building matching foot rests and a table tomorrow. I would be happy to share my design when complete. Again, thanks for posting this!
    26. Stephen
      Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
      Download the first pdf called "Adriondack-Chair-Template-2012.pdf" for printing..

      The second pdf is just showing dimensions and does not print to scale. Found this out the hard way!
    27. Julie
      Monday, May 12th, 2014
      My local staples told me I need an email with your permission to print the template is there any way you can send me that
    28. TimWyatt
      Saturday, May 10th, 2014
      Hmm, tried getting these printed out at Staples (UK) and they come out half sized. Also tried using tiled printing at work, same thing. Have the plans changed? Thanks for the effort..
    29. Scott Paul
      Sunday, March 30th, 2014
      Awesome plans, thank you for making them available. A local store was having a sale on pressure treated wood and my first chair was made with less than $10 in supplies and a little effort! Thanks again!
    30. Kody f
      Thursday, March 20th, 2014
      i need help, i want to make this but once i send it to the print shop, how do i trace them onto the wood? do i need to cut them out individually? im confused? help, i need to make this for a carpentry class.
    31. Ian H
      Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
      Hi Cindy,

      I just made 2 of these chairs and your templates made them super easy to make . Thank you very much for the templates!!You Rock!!
      • Thursday, March 20th, 2014
        Thanks Ian! Stay tuned we have some more fun Adirondack chair ideas coming!
    32. bill p
      Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
      Has anyone added wood to make it into a rocking chair?
    33. Rich
      Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
      Thanks for the plans! My wife and I built two over the past weekend and they look great stained. They really complete the backyard and make a great date!
    34. bzbballman
      Thursday, December 26th, 2013
      Do you have plans available for cup holders? I think i need multiple per chair. Possibly one that holds margarita glasses?
    35. Sunday, December 15th, 2013
      I enjoy reading through a post that can make people think.
      Also, many thanks for allowing me to comment!
    36. Marc
      Friday, December 13th, 2013
      Is it just me or did you leave out a few of the seat pieces from your material cut list. Under materials, you say the following:

      "2 – 12 ft 1 X 6 treated lumber (on one cut the middle back of chair, upper back support, one seat, and two arms) (on the second cut two legs, the first seat piece/bottom support for back, and two seat pieces)
      1 – 8 ft 1 x 4 treated lumber (cut both support for arms, the front cross piece of chair, and two legs)
      1 – 10 ft 1 x 4 treated lumber (cut all four of the remaining back of chair)"

      Based on the photo of your finished chair, you have 5 seat pieces and yet on your cut list, you only reference 3 (1 coming from a 12' 1" x 6" and the other 2 coming from the other 12' 1" x 6".) Where do you propose the other 2 seat pieces come from? Your help is much appreciated.

    37. David Hardwick
      Saturday, November 30th, 2013
      Just wanted to let you know that I just completed 6 of these for sitting around my firepit. They are outstanding! Great plan and the templates worked great! The only difficulty I had that I never found in the plan is where to place the front of the arm over the front leg. I suspect I pulled it too far forward because my 30 degree cut was off on the back.

      Regardless, the chairs are outstanding and they are bringing rave reviews! Thanks for publishing!!
    38. Jim Blankenship
      Thursday, November 7th, 2013
      Can you provide me with dimensions for a child-size chair.... want to make one for my grand nephew who is 2 years old. Perhaps it is just a percentage of the adult dimensions... like 75% (leg would be 1'11.75").

      Thanks for any advice.
    39. David
      Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
      How can I make the 30* angle cut on first seat board I am thinking with job saw?? Anyone???
      • Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
        Hi David,

        My husband said he did it with jig saw. He adjusted it to 30 degrees and followed the line. I hope this helps. Let us know if you have more questions.
    40. Chris
      Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
      I brought the pdf to an insty-prints place and they wanted $60. At any rate open the pdf document , choose print then under page sizing & handling click on poster, then print. You will have to assemble and tape all the pages (24) but this should work for most.
      • Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
        Hi Chris, if you email the file to a local copy center like Office Max or Kinkos they will print it out on 24" x 36" paper. All the pieces will be just the right size to trace around and cut out. Our copy center charged me about $6.00.
    41. Richard
      Sunday, October 20th, 2013
      Anyone tried cypress lumber?
    42. Saturday, October 19th, 2013
      Hi there, after reading this remarkable paragraph i am too happy to share my experience here with friends.
    43. Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
      I do believe all the ideas you've offered for your post.
      They're really convincing and can certainly work. Nonetheless,
      the posts are too short for starters. May you please lengthen them a bit
      from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.
    44. Brian
      Saturday, October 5th, 2013
      The orientation on these plans do not allow you to print in actual size. I had these printed on 24 x 36 and they are far too small. There is no way you can make this fit on 2 pages. The PDF needs to be turned into 4 pages and rotated to landscape and printed 48" wide x 24" tall or all the templates are miniature. How in the world are people getting their templates correct?
    45. Ray
      Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
      I liked the plans so I decided to make a few for my grandkids (between ages 2 and 5). I had the file reduced to 25.2" X 16.8" (70% of the original 36"x24"). That doesn't seem like a big change but trust me, it is a lot when you think 3 dimensionally. I then had the plans mounted to poster-board because it makes it easier to cut out and transfer the outline than using a flimsy piece of paper. I flattened out the curves a lot on the upper and lower back supports as the curves were too extreme for the 3/4 inch thick wood. I also had to adjust the horizontal legs back more on the front legs than the template is marked for because the wood was also 3/4 inch thick.(Reducing the template does not account for the fact the wood still has the same thickness as the full size chair.) The arms were placed with a 3/4" overhang over the front legs. These were all easy changes. I also increased the height of the back pieces by 2" each just because I wanted to have a taller back. If you have a router table, round over all the edges. All pieces can be cut easily from a single 1x10x12.
    46. Gene
      Thursday, September 19th, 2013
      Can you please provide me with the dimensions of the chairs.


    47. Keith Beasley
      Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
      I cannot open your dimensions file. Can you e-mail it to me as a PDF?
    48. Daymon
      Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
      I just built two of these. Thanks to the author for providing the plans. After having built 2, I think I can answer a few of the questions as I ran into those same problems. I put my leg intersections about 12.5 inches from the floor. Basically, where the cut pieces will sit parallel with the front of the chair (set back 1/2" for your chair front), is the height you should use. Also, I overhung the chair arms about 2 inches over the legs. This worked well with both my chairs. Another thing to watch for, the initial 3 bolts you put in to hold the legs together, make sure you don't put the bolts too far toward the front, as this will dictate where your arm supports have to be placed (ie, if you put bolts too near the front, your supports will be WAY out and might look a little goofy). Otherwise, this project was really easy. Thanks again for posting it guys.
    49. Bruno sellmer
      Monday, September 9th, 2013
      Thanks for the plans, it came out a beatifull chair. Anyway, once I start assembling the chair I notice that there are some small differences between the the project and the photos, nothing to be worried, but there are. Something else, I felt the the back of the chair to inclinated, i uprise it a bit and it come much more confortable, principally to the neck. Anyway that was the best project I found in internet and it will be in garden on my holiday house in bahia state, brazil.
    50. Mike
      Monday, August 19th, 2013
      Treated lumber is a good low cost material but because of the chemicals sanding is not recommended. Instead stick to the more expensive cedar or red wood. Or you could by untreated lumber with the option to stain, paint, and seal.
    51. Rebecca Mason
      Sunday, August 18th, 2013
      Thank you so much for these plans. We do have one question. How many inches is the set back of the front leg from the front of the arm?
    52. jeff
      Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
      the chair and the templates look great. How do you make the curved cut for the back support with a 30 degree angle. Do some jig saws allow for angled cuts or are there other methods. thanks in advance for any help. And thanks for the great instructions
    53. Debra Kagawa
      Monday, August 12th, 2013
      How do I know where on the front leg to screw on the arm? "Screw on arms of chair onto the front legs."
    54. Armando Medrano
      Sunday, August 4th, 2013
      I have been trying to download the full size print, but have not been able to since it asks to download the "DocToPdf" software. Is there any other way to download the print without downloading any software? Can the full size pattern be purchased from you directly, did you know it's for sale on ebay? Thnaks
      • Sunday, August 4th, 2013
        Armando, it is already a PDF and shouldn't need any software. The full size file will have to have to be printed on 24″ by 36″ paper at a local copy shop. Many copy shops will allow you to email the file to be printed. At the bottom of the post I have a download for the actual dimensions if you need them.
    55. Jo Sullivan
      Monday, July 29th, 2013
      Would you have instructions for a footstool to match? Should be easy.....just want to be sure. Thanks.
    56. Chris
      Thursday, July 18th, 2013
      Will somebody please tell me the dimensions for the chair? I keep checking back every few day's looking for them.It's been three weeks and I still don't see them.I might just be confused about where to look.Help please.
      • Saturday, July 20th, 2013
        You can see the dimensions by clicking on the words that say "Adirondack Chair Dimensions" right above the lowes picture.
    57. Kevin
      Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
      Awesome job on the dimensions too....way more than I was looking for....I was just lookimng for lengths and width at widest part for the pieces. Just so you know why people were looking for them, when you print them out on a standard size paper, there is roughly a 1/4 inch blank spot that you just aren't sure wether to overlap or include when taping the template together...thanx agai
    58. Kevin
      Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
      Awesome Plans by the way....I took a crack without the dimensions and chair came out awesome ...Made a table as well so I can enjoy a frosty beverage by the fire...thanx so much for doing these
    59. Jeff Johnston
      Sunday, July 14th, 2013
      Don't see the dimensions on the post. Am I blind or is there a secret I'm missing?
      • Saturday, July 20th, 2013
        You can see the dimensions by clicking the words that say "Adirondack Chair Dimensions" right above the Lowes picture.
    60. Andrew
      Saturday, July 6th, 2013
      Just wanted to say thanks for a great set of plans and directions.
      Honestly, the comments on this site - so many ungrateful, selfish people.

      Like "I'd hate to rush you but I am running out of time...". What a moronic thing to write.
      People, be grateful you're getting something for free. Or maybe stop being such cheapskates and actually pay for plans if you're that desperate or in a hurry.
    61. Isaac
      Saturday, June 29th, 2013
      I'd hate to rush you but I am running out of time to make these chairs! Please figure out the dimensions I would really appreciate it.
    62. SMum
      Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
      My husband just completed his first one (of many, I hope!) tonight and it looks great. Thanks for posting this easy template and instructions.
    63. Danny
      Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
      Cindy - Thanks a great deal for these plans. I sent the pdf to Office Depot and had them printed on 24"x36" sheets - it only cost $5.88. I am looking forward to getting started! Thanks again.
    64. Hal
      Monday, June 24th, 2013
      Love the chair but I would like the dimensions too
      • Sunday, July 7th, 2013
        The dimensions have now been added to the post! Thanks so much for reading Skip to my Lou!
    65. Kevin
      Monday, June 24th, 2013
      Looks like you are a wanted woman.....Any Luck on getting the dimensions on this please.....would like to start on it this week if possible
      • Sunday, July 7th, 2013
        Sorry for the delay, but the dimensions have been added to the post. We did our best to recreate them from the template. Really though, everyone the easiest thing to do is print of the template and trace around it, no measuring needed.

        Thanks everyone for reading my blog!
    66. Justin
      Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
      Amazing chair, I would also like to build one this weekend!
    67. Evan
      Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
      Have you had any luck with the dimensions yet? I'd love to work on this tomorrow.
    68. Isaac
      Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
      It is Saturday. Do you have the dimensions up somewhere?
    69. Torben
      Thursday, June 20th, 2013
      I will try to make a pair of these, and are therefore, as well as others, waiting for the dimensions. I live in Denmark so metric dimensions would be perfect if possible.
    70. Kevin
      Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
      I am also getting ready to make these chairs and would greatly appreciate the dimensions as well....I would just like to make sure the pieces I've cut for the template are the correct size.....I will wait patiently for Saturday :-)
    71. Russ
      Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
      Will check for Dim.s Sat.6-22
    72. bob
      Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
      I decided i am going to make an Adirondack chair and after a bit of research,I found your blog.
      That is the nicest I have seen so far.
      I especially like the back rest because it does not look as if its a circular shape cut out as an afterthought.

      I have downloaded your template and will attempt this without sizes,Am I being foolish?
      Should I wait for the new improved version?

    73. JIM
      Sunday, June 16th, 2013
      I don't understand last post. I plan on building the chair, but why do I need dimensions if I have templates to print off and follow?
    74. Josh
      Sunday, June 16th, 2013
      Definitely agree that we need dimensions to make the templates to cut these pieces. Love the chairs but without specific dimensions the plans are useless. Please email us when you post them.
    75. Thursday, June 13th, 2013
      Thanks,,,,,,..... how long before plans for chairs will
      have dimensions?
      • Thursday, June 13th, 2013
        Russ, we will try to get the dimension up by Saturday.
    76. Bob
      Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
      Do you have the Dimensions yet for this plan?
      • Thursday, June 13th, 2013
        Bob, we are working on the exact dimensions.
    77. Deron
      Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
      I am building these chairs in my basement work shop. I was wondering what the overall size is of the chairs? I don't want to get it made and not be able to get it out of the door. What is the total width ?
      • Thursday, June 13th, 2013
        Deron if you can give us to Saturday. We will get the dimensions up. I thought it was easiest to just print a template...I was wrong and will update the post with exact measurements.
    78. Daniel in Georgia
      Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
      I really like the plans, but need a way to transfer dimensions from an 8.5x11 sheet of paper. Do you have a set of plans with dimensions on it?
      • Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
        Daniel, we are working on this. I thought it would be easier if everyone could print the pieces out to scale....I was wrong. Hang tight we will try to get this done as quickly as possible!
    79. C
      Sunday, June 9th, 2013
      For anyone who has built these chairs: when you had the templates printed, what did the dimensions come out to be? Ex. Dimensions of the center back slat?
      • Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
        Hi C, we are working on plans with dimensions. So sorry everyone for the confusion!
    80. Tom in Florida
      Saturday, June 8th, 2013
      Marvin............take the name of the to Office Depot. Tell them to go to the search box and type in Adirondack chairs. Download the plans and copy them to 24x36 paper so they are actual size. I did this and it cost less than $6 for the templates. Hope this helps. Tom i n Florida
    81. Thursday, May 30th, 2013
      Thank you so much for this great posting! I've been searching online for just this kind of template. I moved to mexico two years ago, and my adirondack chairs were left actually back in the adirondacks in storage, and I've missed having them. So now I can make my own here!!
    82. T-Ray
      Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
      Debi, I used 1x4's and 1x6's pressure treated lumber from lowes as the lenght sizes from material list above. and a box of deck screws and hex head bolts,nuts, and washers. All came up to around $35-$40 bucks plus tax. Depends on your location--I have found that Lowes charges different prices from different locations. Im on GA and AL line and between the two states there was about a five to ten dollars difference.
      It also depends on the type wood you use, If you plan on painting or staining the wood the pine wood (untreated) should be cheaper than treated wood. but also concider your cost on paint too.
    83. FhvnEd
      Monday, May 27th, 2013
      Interesting that the people who actually built the chair and supplied the photos and the plans never respond to questions about the project.
    84. FhvnEd
      Monday, May 27th, 2013
      Debi, I made mine using 5/4 cedar which cost about $80 at Lowe's. Add another $15.00 for stainless steel carriage bolts and 2 1/2" stainless steel screws
    85. FhvnEd
      Monday, May 27th, 2013
      Not sure why Staples couldn't print the file for you. That's where I had it done. Got 2 pages printed out on their wide format printer. I had the graphic mounted and laminated on foam core board and used a razor knife to cut the templates, which I transferred to the wood. I would assume all Staples copy and print centers have the same equipment.
    86. MJD
      Sunday, May 26th, 2013
      Just left Staples and they could not print the plans to "full size" on 24 x36 " paper. It looks more like a child size chair.

      Does anyone have the actual dimensions of each piece.
    87. Debi
      Saturday, May 25th, 2013
      Wondering what the cost to make one chair is estimated on material needed
    88. T-Ray
      Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
      FYI to the inquiries of printing out the templates to the actual sizing of the boards ... I ran into this issue to of not having a printing store local to print this out for me.
      not sure if you all are able to do this but maybe you can, I printed mine off at work using 8.5"x 14" legal size paper(can be done on 8.5x11 paper but uses more pages). when you are ready to print out the template from computer, I was able to change the page set-up under "page sizing and handling" select "Poster" and then print. this will print the correct size of template onto several pages and I cut out the templates and taped or pieced together the cut-outs .

      Hope this will help some or all.
    89. FhvnEd
      Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
      It's easy. at the very top of this page you'll see:
      Free Adirondack Chair Plans Printable Download.

      Click the link and it opens a pdf file with the drawings. Save the file to a flash drive, take it to Staples copy and print center and tell them to print it full size. You'll get 2 pages of plans you can cut out, lay on the wood and trace.
    90. Leo Rios
      Sunday, May 5th, 2013
      how do I get the templates for this Adirondack chair? You can feel free to call me on my cell for this @ 361-446-2757.
    91. FhvnEd
      Saturday, May 4th, 2013
      Good question, Dan. It should have been addressed by now but it wasn't. I didn't run into that issue until I started building, and then realized there were no bolt hole markers on the back piece and no dimension give for the overhang of the arms. I went with 2" over hang measured from the front of the vertical front leg. Keep in mind more or less overhang ultimately determines the comfort of the chair back. Too much overhang and you're sitting up straight. Too little and you're lounging. Good luck.
    92. Dan
      Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
      how much overhang on the front arms?
      where do you place the bolt holes for the front and back of the arms?
    93. FhvnEd
      Friday, April 19th, 2013
      Guys, if you download the plans as the pdf file, then copy the file to a flash drive or email it directly to your nearest Staples copy and print center, they will print the plans full scale. I had them print, laminate and mount them to foam core so I could cut out each piece and save the template for future chair projects. They print full size, so you just trace and cut the material.

      There are several choices of wood for the project, Redwood and Teak are both good for their ability to withstand the outdoors and won't rot or get attacked by termites. Pressure treated lumber is fine (cheaper) but usually requires some re-staining or re-treating every couple years. Don't use oak. It splits in dry weather and turns black in the sun if left untreated. pine or yellow pine is okay if you want to paint the chair. You can't leave it untreated because it does not respond well to weather. I used Cyprus which has great workability with saw, sander and router, if extremely outdoor friendly and requires almost no upkeep. A light coat of food-safe oil is all that's needed to keep it great looking for years.

      Tools required are minimal, although they should be capable of doing the job. Table saw, power miter, band saw, spindle sander, router, and drill press are the ideal. In lieu of the above, a circular saw can replace the table saw, a portable sander replaces the spindle sander, a jig saw replaces the band saw and a sanding block and sheet sandpaper replaces the router. A cordless drill replaces the drill press.

      Keep in mind, the chair will not look as professional or as clean using the replacements, nor will it be as easy to build. Nothing rips straight and true as a table saw and nothing makes rounded edges like a router. Nothing cuts curves like a band saw.

      That being said, with some extra time and a slower pace invested in the project, you can make it almost as good as what is shown.

      Extra Note: Use stainless steel or galvanized screws and carriage bolts. Spend the extra money. It's worth it. Next year when you're looking at all the rust streaks coming from the screw holes, you'll understand why.

      Good luck.
    94. Barb Juell
      Thursday, April 18th, 2013
      I made a chair with your plans; it turned out great. I need to make one more! Do have a plan for a stool to go with it? Thanks again!
    95. Joe
      Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
      I'm having trouble getting dimensions to print to the correct scale. The plans when printed at 24
      "x36"make the board widths 6" wide and 4" wide however when buying lumber when you buy 1" x 6" boards you are actually getting 3/4" x 51/2 ".

      Question. Do we scale the print down to actual size of boards one is able to buy? And if so would we need to get 5/4" thickness to get the actual wanted thickness of 1"?

      Is anyone else running into this?
    96. Jessica
      Sunday, April 14th, 2013
      My husband made these chairs and we love them. Wanting to make some kid ones. Anyone know the scale conversion to print?
    97. Eustace GFrancis
      Monday, April 1st, 2013
      PLEASE where can I get dimensions for the individual pieces? I am retired and want to enjoy one of these chairs - actually 2 of them, my wife wants her own. Would like to start so I can finish by next week. Thanks. Eustace
    98. joe
      Monday, March 25th, 2013
      sorry I meant the front of the arm
    99. joe
      Monday, March 25th, 2013
      hi the plans are great but I have one question on the arm there are only the holes for the back of the arm. where do you set them to drill thank you.
    100. Roger Warde
      Thursday, March 14th, 2013
    101. Roger Warde
      Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
      Nice project, but please wear a dust mask when cutting, drilling and sanding treated lumber, especially when children are involved.
      • Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
        Thanks Roger for the tip!
    102. Monday, February 18th, 2013
      What is the secret to enlarging the plan drawings so that I may trace and then cut out?
    103. Nathan Schleicher
      Friday, February 15th, 2013
      Looks like a great project for my new shop. Good design, and it looks well built and engineered.
    104. Bill
      Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
      Another option for a folding chair with templates.
    105. Justin
      Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
      Was wondering if someone that has built the chair if they could share the dimensions of each piece? Thanks
    106. David
      Thursday, January 10th, 2013
      I built one of these over the last 2 days and I like the way everything has turned out. I'd love a copy of the plans with the radii of all the curves listed.
      Can you do that?
    107. Jesse
      Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
      Thanks for the plans/template!!! Working on them now. The 30 degree cut was a pain but I managed it with a jig saw(no band saw). I had to go to fed/ex kinkos to have the templates printed. Caitlin I would have sent you my templates but I didn't see your post and I threw them out after making wood templates for later use. Did you try print shops in your area?
    108. Caitlin
      Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
      I plan on making a set of these chairs for Christmas gifts, but no where in my area is able to print these templates for me especially to still have time to make them before Christmas. I already purchased the lumber for the project. Wondering if someone who has already made these would be ever so kind to send me there template for the chairs and I would send them back after I'm done.
    109. Marvin
      Sunday, November 18th, 2012
      Hey guys just wanted to ask how i would be able to print the plans to scale so I can build the chair. I saved the plans but it fits it to one 8.5 X 11 sheet of paper. any help is greatly appreciated.
    110. MIke
      Saturday, October 6th, 2012
      Look for something called IPE. Its a little harder to work with but will last forever.
    111. Nate
      Friday, October 5th, 2012
      I am wondering what type of wood you used for this? I have used oak previously and painted them, but this time around I am going to keep the natural wood look and want something with a good grain like the pieces you used.
    112. Shandi Wiest
      Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
      My honey-do list is just getting longer now that I've seen these!!
    113. teresa
      Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
      Ok, My hubby is saying that he's not sure you can use a circular saw to make the curved cut (like for the rounded section on the back support)... Is there something special that needs to be done???

      Thanks for all of your help,
    114. teresa
      Monday, August 20th, 2012
      Hi, Just wondering on the 30 angle on the 2 pieces what tool was used to get the angel correct... My hubby started this project and is not sure which tool to use... Thanks so much, Teresa
      • Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
        Hi Teresa, I just asked my husband and he said he used a band saw with a 30 degree setting on the tilt table.
    115. Thursday, August 9th, 2012
      Seriously impressed!! I wish I had a husband who was into wood-working, or would take the time to teach the kids. Hopefully in the next few years. Then the boys can build me a chair like this!

      Thanks for the plans! Will save for later.
    116. Saturday, August 4th, 2012
      They love wonderful. And what a lovely setting. I pinned it to my How To's.
    117. Friday, August 3rd, 2012
      What a precious thing you have done for all of us who would like to make these ourselves. You went to a lot of trouble and we thank you..... a lot!

      Hugs from the farm, Linda
    118. Friday, August 3rd, 2012
      Wow Cindy! You blew this challenge out of the park!!!! Way to go, I love it! When I come visit, I will be sure to sit and relax in one! :)
    119. Jenny G.
      Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
      Amazing chairs! Love to see the family working together. I love the picture of you all facing the lake!!! Hi to all.
    120. Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
      This is great, I'm going to pin it!
    121. Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
      Is that seriously your yard?!?! Because I now am so jealous I might cry. ;)
    122. virginia
      Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
      The chairs look so comfortable. That is a great improvement to any back yard or deck.
    123. Jenny
      Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
      Beautiful! You all did such a great job!
    124. Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
      This is awesome! I love adirondack chairs and they are so expensive! I will be sharing this with my Dad....sounds like the perfect retirement project ;)
    125. Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
      Wow, this looks suprisingly not difficult! Thanks for sharing. I'd been looking for Adirondacks to buy, but maybe I'll give this a go...