Let me start by saying that you can not go wrong with building Adirondack chairs. I should know, this is one of the first few furniture I've ever built.
Adirondack chairs are one of the most comfortable chairs I've ever sat on. And it looks good on a patio or outdoors in your backyard too.
Getting Started to Build Adirondack Chairs
The question I get asked a lot when I began showing off my newly built chair is if it is hard to learn how to build Adirondack chairs if you are new to woodworking.
And my friends and acquaintances were asking me as if I've been into woodworking all my life. In the eyes of my friends, I've suddenly become a woodworking expert overnight just by building an Adirondack chair.
So, back to the question, I built my own chair with almost zero woodworking experience under my belt. I just had the passion for it and put in the effort and time to build one. A fact which just convinced me that if I can build this chair, anyone can too!
Personally, I've never used any power tools to build my chair. Although, if I were asked to build one now, I'd certainly use some power tools to speed things up.
Just to give you an idea of what tools you needed, I say you can just use a table saw, square, clamps, tape measure, drill / driver and a nice pair of goggles.
Woods You Can Use to Build Adirondack Chairs
Cedar is a good choice of wood. And I used it mine as I wanted to place the chair outdoor. But you have many types of wood to choose from. One thing you need to consider though in choosing your wood is the climate in your area.
For example, cedar and cypress are good choices for tropical climates. Hardwoods like cedar and redwood are good in most climate zone. Pine is one of the cheapest wood you can use and with an applied finish, it can be used in temperate climate. In arid regions, you are safe to use most woods.
Build Adirondack Chair With a Plan
Probably what helped me best when I was building my own chair is that I've used a very good step-by-step plans with easy to follow instruction.
Source by Travis Montgomery