DIY Kid’s Adirondack Chair

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At the beginning of the summer — before the crazy summer heat — we spend almost every evening outside in our back yard. I wanted to create a chair for my daughter to sit in on those rare occasions she was not playing in her playhouse or the homemade sensory table. After some searching, I found Ana White’s plans for a child’s Adirondack chair; I modified these plans for the current project.

Building a Homemade Child’s Adirondack Chair

First I went to the big box store for some wood. I went with pressure treated wood, since this would be outside all the time. HD didn’t have 1x3s, so I used 1x4s and ripped them down to size. There wasn’t a great selection of clean, knot-free lumber, so I picked up some extra wood so I could be picky with what I used.

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Pressure treated lumber for the Adirondack Chair

I cut down all my wood to length and ripped the boards to the right width. Since it was such a nice day, I set up a temporary outdoor workshop, rather than in the cramped shed I’m using as my current shop.

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I bought extra lumber to find the cleanest pieces for the chair
Outdoor woodshop in Lititz, Pennsylvania
A glimpse of my outdoor workshop. Miter and table saws are on the right; router station is on the left.

To make the edges smooth to the touch, I added a simple roundover at the router table. Here’s another perk of working outdoors: nature takes care of dust management for the router table!

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A router table made for easy roundovers on the Adirondack chair pieces

At this point, it got a little too hot outside to work, so I moved the production inside our cool basement. I used glue and screws to hold all the pieces together, and predrilled and countersunk the holes for the screws. With all that support, these pieces aren’t going anywhere!

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Putting together the kids Adirondack Chair

At first we thought of using the chair unfinished. We tried that for a few weeks, but then found a grey outdoor stain that would match the rest of our outdoor furniture.

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The completed DIY Kids Adirondack Chair. This is before we stained it.
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The boss approves of the stained Adirondack chair!

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