History of the Adirondack Chair Plan

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The History of Adirondack Chair Plans

The first step to a great adirondack chair is to have a great woodworking plan.  With many designs out there, which one will stand the test of time?  Our design process reviewed the evolution of Adirondack Chairs through history, all the way back to the original design in 1905.  We then searched for the ideal adirondack chari pattern through a long process of building, testing, then re-testing with friends and neighbors of all shapes and sizes.  This resulted in a modern version of the traditional adirondack chair that has comfort for most people as the highest objective while preserving aestetic appeal. 

The woodworking pattern itself makes use of commonly available lumber.  You'll probably find that our adirindack chair plans use the same lumber as outdoor decking, and so the wood tends to be easy to find.  You'll use approximately 40 linear feet of 5/4 x 6" lumber, but be sure to wait until your plans arrive to purchase lumber, since each adiriondack chair plan is a little bit different.

The Story of Adirondack Chairs, from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"An Adirondack chair or "Muskoka" chair is a type of chair favored in rural, outdoor settings. The precursor to today's Adirondack chair was designed by Thomas Lee in 1903. He was on vacation in Westport, New York, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, and needed outdoor chairs for his summer home. He tested the first designs on his family. The name Muskoka was adopted from the municipality of Muskoka, Ontario,[1][2] a cottage country area north of Toronto.

The original Adirondack chair was made with eleven pieces of wood, cut from a single board. It had a straight back and seat, which were set at a slant to sit better on the steep mountain inclines of the area. It also featured wide armrests, which became a hallmark of the Adirondack chair.

Today's Adirondack chairs usually feature a rounded back and contoured seat. The style has also been translated to other pieces of furniture, from gliders to love seats. Some modern Adirondack chairs are made out of plastic lumber or engineered wood instead of wood.

After arriving at a final design for the "Westport plank chair," Lee offered it to Harry Bunnell, a carpenter friend in Westport, who was in need of a winter income. Bunnell quickly realized the chair was the perfect item to sell to Westport's summer residents, and apparently without asking Lee's permission, Bunnell filed for and received patent 794,777 in 1905.[3] Bunnell manufactured his plank chairs for the next twenty years. His "Westport chairs" were all signed and made of hemlock in green or medium dark brown. The modern name refers to the Adirondack Mountains, which Westport is near.

Adirondack chairs are becoming popular as outdoor seating at cafés because the flat armrests are suitable for setting food and beverages on, making it possible to provide individual seating without tables.

They are commonly made as school projects around the world.

Adirondacking is a term used in the southern U.S. to describe public picnics at which people sit primarily in Adirondack chairs. It is also used to describe using public Adirondack-chair displays outside home-improvement and grocery stores as a leisure break while shopping.


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