Unlike a regular Adirondack chair, where there are many different styles,
most folding chairs seems to be fairly similar in the way they fold.
Unfortunately, most chairs that I have seen, utilize the "flipper" behind the back support. Most of these
chairs are bolted using one washer, or none, in between the folding parts. Some designs rub on the sides of the
main frame support, and over time show scraping marks, and can also bind if folded after moist weather.
In designing this chair, I felt it was important to keep the integrity of the original chair
design, with the tapered back support. Since I, and many fellow Canadian cottagers, prefer to paint our chairs
in bright colours, it was also important that there was sufficient space between the folding parts, yet keeping
the structural strength.
In experimenting with various options, including nylon futon bushings and metal porch glider mechanisms, I found
an inexpensive and strong solution to the needs of this design. While you can still build this chair using regular
carriage bolts with washers between the folding parts, over time the holes may get larger and the chair may get
The plans include the alternate use of carriage bolts encased in polyethylene tubing and custom made 1/4" washers, using UHMW plastic, used for table saw and router jigs for smooth movement.
All parts are readily available at Home Depot, Rockler Hardware
and Lee Valley Tools, as well as
many other leading woodworking supply stores.
The image above, showing the chair in the upright position, is identical to the original in position and comfort.
The image in the middle shows the chair reclined to 50 degrees....a very comfortable snoozing position. The back
is supported by the arms and curved back seat slat, and all
pieces are screwed and glued with Gorrilla Glue for the necessary
strength. A recent Customer picked up some plans at my home and sat in one of the final prototypes. He found it
very comfortable in the reclined position, and strong enough to hold his over 6' height and 210 lb. weight.
The right hand image shows the chair folded to 12 1/2" (3.81cm) and can hang on the wall of my garage.To
fold the chair, push on the back and walk it forward into the folded position. To open the chair, pull up on the
back. The chair will open to the reclined position, then pull on the back support to put it in the regular 65 degree
angle. To recline the chair, while sitting in it, reach back and pull the back support forward. Lean back and relax!
If you are using your chairs on uneven ground or on the beach, you may want to add stop locks to the back supports.
This will eliminate the back from reclining into the sand. To fold the chair, push the back support forward to
unlock it, and fold forward.
The chair can be constructed of 3/4" (1.9cm) pine, cedar or redwood, with all pivot parts of 1/1/4" (3.2cm)
stock for extra strength and gluing surface. Plans include pictures and dimensions of the taper sled I use on my
table saw, to cut the back slats and back support pieces.
Dimensions - 32 1/2"W x 37"D x 38"H (82.6cmW
x 94cmD x 96.5cmH) ( does
not work with Settee Kit )
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The mailed plans include part sizes, assembly instructions with matching
step-by-step photos, parts pictures and full size paper cut-outs, which you can trace onto hardboard for permanent templates. Each is lettered
in order of assembly, and the pivoting parts are marked and measured for bolt locations. Instructions also include
a expanded images of the step-by-step procedure. You will be emailed
the assembly instructions with my Paypal receipt, so you can
start purchasing the materials and doing the straight cuts. The full size paper cut-outs will be mailed within
48 hours. Shipping costs are calculated in the shopping cart by country and dollar value.
These downloadable plans include everything necessary to start building as soon as you print your
plans. Everything listed above as well as the CAD generated PDF
of FULL SIZE PATTERNS will be emailed within 12 hours after payment.
You can print the patterns on your plotter or email the PDF to your local print shop for pickup.
DWG and DXF
ready files are available upon request. Please email for pricing
and save the cost of a PDF conversion program.
These downloadable instructions and patterns are on Adobe Acrobat . The templates will print clearly on 8 1/2"x
11" paper for transferring onto 1" x 1" graph
paper you can make with a roll of brown packing paper. Directions for building a Taper Sled, are also included. These are NOT CAD full size printable patterns
and cannot be converted.
The lower price is indicative of the time it will take you to
manually transfer the patterns.
Downloadable Folding Adirondack Chair Plan
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