My dad’s 60th birthday was in January of this year and I wanted to make him something special for his birthday.Â I decided I wanted to build him something about two weeks before his birthday, so I knew whatever I decided to build had to be quick and somewhat easy (especially since I am still new to woodworking).Â My parents recently retired and moved into a new house and they had just finished having landscape work done in their backyard.Â So, I figured an adirondack chair would be the perfect gift, that way my dad could sit outside and enjoy their backyard.Â I searched for plans online and found one that looked like something I could build.Â The plans I found were on Ana White’s website and were for a chair she designed for a Home Depot Do-It-Herself class.Â The plans for the chair can be found here and the plans for the foot stool are here.
It cost about $100 to purchase the wood for both the chair and the foot stool, the outdoor screws, and the stain.Â I purchased everything needed at Home Depot.Â This was my first build that did not require the Kreg Jig, so I was a little hesitant about trying to build furniture without using the Kreg since that tool makes building so easy!Â But, I have to say that it was not too difficult at all to build the chair.Â The plans for the chair do require some angle cuts that can be difficult for a beginner.Â I had to have hubby show me how to measure and make those cuts (it requires use of a speed square, which I had never used, but now know how and am glad I do because I have had to use it for another furniture piece I built- but that’s for another post :-)Â ).Â I made all of my angle cuts with the miter saw, but a jig saw would also work (and might actually be easier for those angle cuts that are a certain number of degrees of square).
Once all the cuts were made, the chair was pretty easy to put together.Â The hardest part was making sure the spaces between all the slats on the chair and the stool were even. For this I cut several small spacers out of scrap wood, each spacer was a little less than an inch thick. To make the curve on the backrest of the chair,Â I tied a string to two pencils, one on each end of the string.Â I placed one of the pencils in the middle of the middle board of the backrest and held it there,Â then I took the other pencil and made sure it reached to just under the very top of the middle board. Then, keeping the string tight, I drew a line across the top of the back of the chair, so it formed an arc.Â I then used a jig saw to cut along the line I had drawn.Â I had never used a jigsaw before so I had hubby show me how and I made several practice cuts on scrap wood before attempting to cut my actual chair.Â Did not want to have to buy more wood and start over if I screwed up!!
Overall, it took about 6 hours total for me to build the chair and the footstool, so I was able to build it and stain it in time for my dad’s birthday.Â Here are some pics of the chair and footstool before staining:
And here are some pics after it was stained:
I thought I would have to buy cushions for the chair to be comfortable, but surprisingly, the chair was very comfortable without any cushions.Â So, if you need a great gift ideas for dad or hubby, this is a great one!