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But it’s good old kick back relaxation that’s on the mind of Floyd Miller. He’s in search of the perfect rocking chair. RON: While he’s got the perfect westward view for a Florida sunset, he’s convinced there’s still one thing that would make his sunsets all the more enjoyable, a couple of rocking chairs. RON: Now building a chair from scratch, any chair, can be a challenging project. But one way to make it a whole lot easier is to purchase a set of plans. And that’s exactly what Floyd’s done. RON: So there’s the sort of assembly process right there, and these are all of our patterns here. RON: The plans include full size patterns for each chair part, a feature that eliminates a lot of guess work. RON: Each piece of chairs will be cut from a block of wood. The plans give us the rough dimensions for each block, so we set about making up a cut list. RON: List in hand we set about cutting our wood. In this case cedar, to the proper width, using the table saw. And then to the correct length using the sliding compound miter saw. Back over at the work table we use a utility knife to cut out the paper templates. I could tell by the way Floyd handled that knife that he was an engineer all right. Ron: Now this is the template for the rocker- this is the one that Floyd cut out. Nice job, huh? And see how we’re using this the straight edge of the template along the edge of the board right here? This will save us having to cut these lines. So we’ll put this in place, hold it in position with some small pieces of tape right here. Now, we could try to trace the outline of this with a pencil, but, I’m not going to do that. I’m going to use a felt tip marker. We’re going to make a series of lines across the paper to the wood like this. There we go, now we just peel off the pattern and there’s the shape that we want to cut out. RON: We’ll clamp the piece of wood to the table. This will keep it stable while we cut. Floyd takes first dibs at the jig saw, with two chairs to build there’s a lot of wood to cut. RON: Now we’ve used the paper template to cut this first rocker. But now for the rest of the pieces we’ll use this rocker for the template. All we have to do is lay it on top of the wood and trace the outline with a pencil. RON: So… using our paper and wood templates… Floyd and I trace and then cut all the pieces for our two matching chairs. FLOYD: Well you get to achieve something. You get to finish a project that is your project- you did it. RON: To make sure matching chair parts… like these rockers… are exactly the same, we clamp similar parts together… remove the high spots with a wood rasp and small hand plane…then smooth the surface with a power sander. RON: Well, that just about finishes up all the pieces that we have to cut out. Everything is laid over the table. Actually what you’re looking at here are all the parts necessary to build two chairs. What do you think Floyd? RON: We start assembling the sides of the chairs. It helps to have a large flat surface where we can lay everything out. We temporarily tack the parts together with galvanized finish nails… just to make sure everything fits properly. Then we bore clearance holes and install three eighths-inch carriage bolts. On the ends go washers then nuts, which we tighten snugly. RON: Well Floyd had to go teach his computer class and now I’m really in need of an extra pair of hands as I try to clamp the first seat board in place. RON: Sylvia, Floyd’s girlfriend, stopped by and jumps right in. We clamp one seat board in position to hold the two rocker sides upright. Then, we begin drilling pilot holes in the ends of the remaining seat boards. The boards are then attached to the frame sides with rust resistant deck screws. This extension bit in our cordless drill is exactly what we need for those hard to reach spots. RON: We’re gonna drop the screw in first. Alright now take the screw driver. Now pull the trigger very slowly on this. Now keep this perfectly straight and pull the trigger very slowly. OK. Alright. RON: Now we can start attaching the back slats, again using the rust resistant screws. RON: It was fun talking to Sylvia and once I hear she goes to aerobics class I have to give her another chance to put her muscle into the drill. All she needs is a little coaching. RON: Now I want to give you the other secret with using this drill. This has to be perfectly lined up with the drill shaft. Just a quick tap- bump bump. RON: With the slats in place, I remove the sharp edges with a block plane and rasp, then go over the entire chair with an orbital sander, paying special attention to the seat, back and arms. I’d say we’re just about ready to rock. RON: Well. I’d like you to be the first. Ok, see how this sits. How is it? Does it have a good rock to it? You know rockers have gotta have the right they don’t want to be pitching you forward or back. RON: Floyd returns from class just in time to sit back with Sylvia in their new chairs and enjoy the sunset. Have your project done by a local, qualified professional. CLICK HERE FOR A FREE QUOTE
Rocking chairs: Adirondack rocking chairs have the same comfort and look of a traditional Adirondack chair except the legs are on rockers. If you enjoy the rhythmic comfort of a rocker, you may wish to consider an Adirondack rocking chair; it makes a great addition to a front or back porch. .
Most iconic chairs are extremely expensive to purchase. No so for Adirondack chairs! Given the ubiquity of these chairs, the variety of material types, and classic universal look and feel, these are a must in virtually any backyard. They are available in many designs, from cheap plastic to classic wood to beautiful poly resin materials, and hit every budget.
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Keeping an Adirondack chair clean is pretty easy. Spend some time every week rinsing it down with warm soapy water and a garden hose. You can also add a few drops of dishwashing liquid detergent to help break down stains faster if you feel like it might be necessary. If you are using wooden Adirondack chairs, you may need to do some refinishing after a few years of usage if you want it to look very new as you bought from the market.
The Pine Adirondack Chairs are made from 3/4" thick, California Sugar Pine and come as a "do it yourself kit". The parts are sanded, pre-drilled and ready to assemble. They come unfinished, so you can paint or stain it any way you like. Easy assembly and comes with instructions. Pine Chair Kits are kept in stock, ready to ship!
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2) Stylish – choose your color (I was tempted by the blue and green chairs … the red and orange are pretty amazing too … choose from 13 colors).
I talked to the manufacturer direct; they are trying desperately to restock and suggested checking online regularly.
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Available in only two colors, and with no folding mechanism, there are a few features lacking on the Lifetime 60064, but overall it is well built and will last a lifetime. If you don’t want to spend a ton and don’t care too much about color, the Lifetime 60064 is the chair for you! Classic comfortable design; Constructed of weather-resistant simulated wood; UV-protected will not crack, chip or peel
Sure! I found these in the Foster City Costco as well as the 2 South San Francisco ones & San Francisco. They have been in and out of stock consistently though because they are so popular. I just recently went this week & they were out of stock again. You may need to call each Costco to see when they will be getting shipments in. Unfortunately they don’t sell them on Costco.com right now
When locating the bolt holes, arrange them in a triangle as shown in the diagram below. Following the diagram carefully prevented me from placing a hole where a screw for the front crosspiece might be located.
This is a power tool challenge project where a few of my fellow bloggers and myself get together and create a project based on one theme. This months theme is Spring. We are building Adirondack chairs to welcome the warm weather of Spring. Each project must be created using at least one power tool. Make sure to check out these other projects. Links to each project are below the image.