Two Adirondack Chairs built from recycled materials
It's possible that I've made more than 50 Adirondack chairs in the last twenty years or so. I purchased some very expensive cedar boards to make the first couple, but since then, I've relied on scrap lumber donated by friends, construction "waste" pulled out of dumpsters, and old pallets that have seen their best days.
The first Adirondack chair was designed by Thomas Lee, who was vacationing in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, in 1903. Needing outdoor chairs for his family, Lee drew up some plans for the chairs and commissioned a local carpenter to make "an 11 board chair." The resulting chair became so popular that the carpenter, Henry Brunnell, filed for and received U.S. patent #794,777, in 1905. Bunnell went on to manufacture "Westport chairs", made out of hemlock, for the next twenty years. He painted them in green or medium dark brown, and each was individually signed. Today, they are highly sought after by collectors.
Adirondack chairs are easy to make and are perfectly designed for back porch sitting, or for quiet times on the beach and that shady spot in the back yard. The typical Adirondack chair comes with wide arm rests that are just right for holding beverages, and the slight tilt of the back rest makes the chair top notch seating for readers.
There is no single "right way' to design and build an Adirondack chair--I'm living proof of that--but check out the About Home website for many free chair Plans and a parts list. And, if you can, make the chair(s) out of recycled material. No sense throwing perfectly good scrap lumber away!