Build an Adirondack chair By Les Kenny[Table of contents are below]
1.2. The seat slats
The easy way
We are going to rip (cut lengthwise) all our seat slats out of 150mm x 25mm boards.
Obviously it would be a lot easier and faster to just purchase the slats or battens the right size (or near enough) and just cut them to length.
It would be much easier
The downside: Usually more expensive.
Our way (the harder but cheaper way)
Ripping (cutting lengthwise) the slats out of a wider board.
This is solely a cost saving measure.
In the previous section you cut 5 pieces of 150mm x 25mm stock @ 565mm long
You will need to cut those boards lengthwise into strips which will be the seat slats.
Make the slats 32mm wide.
This can easily be done with a bench saw, but - In the absence of a bench saw and with only a make shift work surface and a circular power saw, a way to do this is to secure the 150mm wide piece of board on packers, to enable the slats to be ripped (cut lengthwise).
The board is secured on top of packers to avoid the saw cutting into the work surface.
It doesn't really matter if the blade cuts slightly into the packers.
Make the packers around 25mm wide and 25mm thick by at least 200mm long.
Have three packers, one each end (of the board to be ripped) and one in the middle. They run across (under) the 150mm wide piece of board.
You can nail the packers to the work surface with little thin nails, say 30mm long or there abouts,
to hold them in place. They will easily come out when finished.
Just ensure the nails will not be in the way of any cutting line. Have one nail each end of each packer.
Also fix the 150mm wide piece of board to the packers with the same sort of nails.
Fix toward the edge of the board (the edge closest to you). See the drawing above.
That will hold the board firmly while you cut the seat slat.
You will get four slats out of each board. The last strip (where the nails are) can be discarded.
When the 150mm wide board is nailed in place on top of the packers, with a straight edge draw a line along the board 32mm in from the back edge (the edge furthest from you).
Set the depth of the blade on your power saw to a depth slightly more than the thickness of the board you are about to cut. Then rip (cut lengthwise) along the line.
Repeat the action until you have cut four seat slats.
Discard the remainder.
Rip five 150mm wide boards to extract 18 seat slats 32mm wide. There will be a little bit left over.
This way you can cut along the lines by eye (as above) but it will probably be a less than perfect straight line,
Alternatively you can use an edge guide on the saw to ensure
a straighter line. An edge guide is usually a standard accessory that comes with most circular power saws.
Simply set the edge guide to achieve the required width of the cut. You will not need to draw cutting lines using this method.
Circular saw with edge guide
Circular saw without edge guide
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page 01 Measurements, Materials list, required tools, the wood, The parts
Page 02 Cutting all the pieces to length
Page 03 Cutting the seat slats
Page 04 Cutting the back boards
Page 05 Shaping the sides
Page 06 Marking the seat curve
Page 07 Marking the seat curve (photos)
Page 08 Marking, cutting, the middle rail
Page 09 Marking and cutting the bottom rail, the arms, and corbel
Page 11 Adding the bottom rail
Page 12 Adding the legs, props, and corbels
Page 13 Adding the arms and middle rail to the mix
Page 14 Adding the back boards
Page 15 Preparing and adding the seat slats
Page 16 Shaping the back
Page 17 Photos. Touch up and sand
Page 18 Photo. Not a bad chair eh?
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