Build an Adirondack chair. Limited tools project!


An Adirondack chair has been on my summer to-do list for a long time and it’s a frequent request from viewers. It seemed like a great opportunity to do another limited tools/limited space project.

I used 1x2s and 1x4s from the home center and a 6″ wide board for the arm rests. Total cost: $50.

Tools I used:

Drill and Driver
Pocket hole jig
Random orbit sander

I painted mine using an exterior latex paint. The bright yellow just screams “summer” to me!



  1. Nice chair. You should make another so you don’t have to sit alone. If any one asks about the extra holes, Tell them it’s an adjustable design or tell them what I tell them, for ventilation purposes. Wood is like fine wine, it needs to breathe…..I’m just saying.

  2. I built this chair for my sister and it looks really nice. I’m 6′ 3″ and when I sit in it my feet barely reach the ground. She is 5′ 10″ and her feet dangle when she sits in it. Did I make a mistake somewhere or is this the way it is supposed o be? I double checked where i put my pivot point and it is correct.
    Her husband is taller than me, it may become his chair. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I love this chair. When I built my first one I put the bolts for the front legs at the measurement given and thought it was too high. I lowered it to twelve inches and it sets perfect. I also doubled the plan and made a love seat. This is a nice easy project that even though it calls for limited tools I still found the urge to pull out a pile of tools to build this one. Now to build a small table and my set will be complete.

  4. i built the chair and did the same thing steve with the leg assemble. goes to show you , not everyone is prefect!!! also i pre-drilled my board and when screwing the wood split!! should i replace or glue it up???

  5. then there was the woodworker that claimed he was making $80 per hour.
    When questioned, he explained: I only charge the customer for one hour and give him 9 free.

  6. Thank you for the Plans!
    This was my very first Woodworking project. And after some minor…character building exercises, it came up great!.
    I still need to go back and add that extra security on the back, for now I just reinforced the front leg so it stays in place.
    Still, all and all my fiancรฉ Loved it!

  7. Hi Steve, I was always wanting to make a chair like this and now thanks to you I can. Reallly like the stuff you do and enjoy your commentary too. Thanks a lot. Keep it up. Cheers!


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