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Adirondack Chair Plans {Free Download}

Posted by  ·  October 6, 2018  ·  Last Updated: October 6, 2018

I have always wanted Adirondack chairs along the lake. So we took the challenge and built an Adirondack chair for each family member and now have Adirondack Chair Plans for you!


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Adirondack Chair Plans

The outdoor chairs not only enhanced our backyard, but they also created a fun family activity and a great space for us to relax as a family for years to come! The Adirondack design is a perfect style for outdoor furniture, and they go together quite easily.  This DIY Adirondack chair is a great way to get the whole family building with a comfortable seat as their reward!  The instructions for the Adirondack chair plans are simple to follow. Even our young daughter was able to help out and participate in the building of her own chair!

How To Build Adirondack Chairs

First, download the Adirondack chair plans.  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!

Download the Free Adirondack Template, gather the supplies and you are ready to build.

 Adirondack Chair Supplies

  • 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 the 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 the chair)

How To Build Adirondack Chairs

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

DIY Adirondack Chair

Bolt legs together with 2 inch carriage bolts.

Adirondack Chairs Plan How to build adirondack chair

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

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Screw the bottom support to the back legs.

easy adirondack chair plans

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

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Screw on arms of chair onto the front legs.

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

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

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Screw on next two back pieces.  You want the slats to be spaced evenly, making sure to keep arms level.

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Evenly screw on remaining back pieces.

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Screw on seat boards.

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An amazing and comfortable Adirondack chair!  We considered painting the chairs, but in the end, we decided the natural wood look was too beautiful to change.

how to build adirondack chairs

Adirondack Chairs

The Adirondack chair design first made the scene in the early 1900’s.  The designer, Thomas Lee, wanted a comfortable chair for his cottage on Lake Champlain near the Adirondack mountain range in upstate New York. This iconic piece of outdoor furniture may have grown in popularity amongst the east coast cottages, but it is now a must have piece of patio furniture for summer enjoyment coast to coast!

The comfortable design summons you to sit down and rest.  The wide armrests and the slanted back with a gentle recline help the weight of your day disappear.  The design is so comfortable that even cushions are not needed.  You can line these chairs up and face the lake to watch the sunset or create a friendly space for friends and neighbors on the patio.  Circle the chairs up around the fire-pit and enjoy an evening cocktail or a warm s’more, laugh, and tell some stories.  The Adirondack chair style is perfect for any outdoor space that you want to feel comfortable and inviting!

I encourage you to give this outdoor seating project a try.  Gather up the supplies and round up the family.  You could order the chairs online and pay the hefty shipping fees, but you would miss out on a great opportunity for the family to not only create memories but also create a fun place where you relax and enjoy each other’s company!

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

Adirondack Chair Dimensions

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

 

Comments

  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
    Hi,

    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.

    Thanks!
    Ken
  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!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wilVDJQKAoM
    • 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
    Hey,

    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.

    Marc
  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.

    Thanks

    Gene
  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?
    Thanks.
    • 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
    Hi
    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?

    Bob,Scotland.
  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 website...www.skiptomylou.org 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.
    Thanks
  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
    Anytime!
  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?
    Kindest,
    Sam
  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.
    www.minwax.com/wood-projects/pdfs/intermediate-project-adirondack-chair.pdf
  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,
    Teresa
  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...