Looking to build your own DIY Folding Adirondack Chair? Why not make a Adirondack Chair that FOLDS to make it more portable and easier to store?
It is officially summer time and I’m needing some outdoor chairs. It’s crazy how expensive Adirondack Chairs are. So in this video, I am going to show you how you can make your own DIY Adirondack Chair with a special feature!
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Let’s Build your DIY Folding Adirondack Chair
What I really love about this design is that it has a folding feature to make it low profile when stowing it away during the winter time.
Folding Adirondack Chair Templates
I’ve created a set of folding DIY adirondack chair plans to make building this one (or multiples) quick and easy!
Materials I used to build a Folding Adirondack Chair:
- Nut and bolts
- DIY Folding Adirondack Chair templates
Step 1: Use Folding Adirondack Chair Templates to create the right sized pieces
The first step to making a Folding Adirondack Chair is to grab our templates needed in order to build out the bottom of the chair. Place the templates over your 1x lumber and secure with standard scotch tape. The goal is to map out what is needed now so that all we have to do is assemble it later.
Step 2: Cut out your pieces for your DIY Folding Adirondack Chair
Head over to your Miter Saw to cut the longer boards into smaller sections. This helps to make cutting out the parts at the Band Saw more manageable. Here you can either do a rough cut at the Band Saw then use a Router with a flush trim bit to get the part perfect or you can take your time at the Band Saw to get the cut as close to the template trace lines as possible.
Step 3: Soften the edges
Use a Router Table to cut a quarter inch round over on all the exposed edges. If you do not have a Router Table, then a hand held router with a round over bit will work just as well! Remember to go slow and safe, let the tool do the work. Tip: If you are building with pine or another softwood you do not need your router speed turned all the way up – half speed will work just fine.
Step 4: Assemble the DIY Folding Adirondack Chair seat
First, lay out the two main legs and attach the front seat slat. It’s helpful to have something to push up against so that once the slat is positioned in place you can drive it in with a screw while avoiding any shifting of the Adirondack chair legs. I recommend moving to attach the last slat on the seat after this to square up the structure.
Step 5: Measure the angle of the legs of the DIY Folding Adirondack Chair
Use a square to make sure that your legs are standing at a 90 degree angle in reference to a flat work bench or surface. Additionally, check to make sure the distance in between the back is the same as the distance in between the front of the legs.
Step 6: Attach the DIY Folding Adirondack Chair slats
Now, attach the remaining slats in between your front and back slats. You can use a spacer, but you can also eyeball the distance as well.
Step 7: Attach the DIY Folding Adirondack Chair legs
The seat is done! Next we will prop it up by attaching the Folding Adirondack Chair’s front legs. On the templates, I have marked where all the hardware needs to be placed. I would use an ald to transfer the hole location before using a quarter inch drill bit to push the holes through. This helps when it comes to lining up the bolt with the holes in the main legs. Repeat the process on the other side.
Step 8: Attach the DIY Folding Adirondack Chair front support
Use two clamps to attach the Adirondack Chairs front support right under the seat slats. This piece also serves as a grabbing point to allow you to easily carry the Folding Adirondack Chair when it is in it’s folded position.
Step 9: Building the DIY Folding Adirondack Chair back assembly.
Pull the templates needed to trace out all the back slats. Head over to your Band Saw to cut them out and round out the exposed edges. The templates have holes pre-marked where the two back arches need to be placed on the back slats. I found it easiest to lay the back arches down on a workbench and then lay the slats on top of them.
Tip: DIY Folding Adirondack Chair Centering
To make sure the slats are centered first find center on the arches and work your way out. I used a counter sink before driving each slat in with a screw to the top and bottom arches. Since this is a folding Adirondack chair the back won’t be attached to the seat right now. However, it will need to be set into place. Use some clamps to hold it into place while you move on to the next step: the arms!
Step 10: Create the DIY Folding Adirondack Chair arm assembly.
This step consists of the Folding Adirondack Chair arm as well as a small vertical support. Set it into place on the chair. I recommend using a clamp to hold the front vertical support into place and up against the front leg to keep it from moving while you drill it into place. The hole locations are marked on the templates to make it easy to place. Once the hole is punched through, use a nut and bolt to secure the arm to the chair.
I recommend using a nylon locking nut for the hardware on this build. There is a nylon ring inside the nut that won’t allow it to slip back off over time.
Step 11: Attach the back of the DIY Folding Adirondack Chair arm to the upper arch on the back assembly
Grab a level to get the arm perfectly flat. I also pre-drilled a hole and drilled in a screw. This part is fairly simple, but make sure the surface your Folding Adirondack Chair is on is level as well, otherwise you can accidentally end up with an off-level product.
Step 12: Make it a foldable Adirondack Chair
To make this a Folding Adirondack Chair, place a small block that attaches to the back lower arch of the back assembly near the main leg. This is a small part! Make sure to pre-drill it so that it doesn’t spilt. Make sure the part is fully seated, but don’t over tighten. These blocks do need to pivot in order to give you the folding action.
You’re done! You can absolutely leave the wood raw, but you can also stain or paint the Folding Adirondack Chair to personalize them. The DIY Folding Adirondack Chair is an affordable and easy project. You can find all the materials you need at your local hardware store, and you can usually get them at a discounted price. Plus, you won’t have to pay for labor or shipping fees, so you can get a great deal on your new chair.
Things I Used in This DIY Folding Adirondack Chair Project:
- ISOtunes Ear Protection
- Armor Tool Mobile Workbench
- Wilker Do’s Mobile Workbench Upgrade Plans
- Bessey Clamps
- Triton SuperJaws
Folding Adirondack Chair Templates
Easiest way to get started on your DIY Adirondack Chair is to grab my plans and watch the video above!
Tips For Painting or Staining Your DIY Adirondack Chair
When it comes to painting or staining your Adirondack chair, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- First, make sure to use oil-based paint or stain for the best results. Water-based products may not provide adequate protection from the elements.
- Second, make sure to apply multiple coats for the best coverage. Applying multiple thin coats is better than one thick coat.
- Third, make sure to let the chair dry completely before using it. This will ensure that the paint or stain has had enough time to cure and is fully protected from the elements.
Extra Design Ideas For DIY Adirondack Chairs
Making your own Adirondack chair is a great way to add a touch of style and personality to your outdoor space. Here are a few extra design ideas to get you started:
- For a rustic look, try using reclaimed wood for the frame and slats.
- For a modern look, try using painted wood or metal for the frame and slats.
- For a classic look, try using natural wood for the frame and slats.
- For a coastal look, try using white-washed wood or blue-painted wood for the frame and slats.
- For an eclectic look, try using a mix of different materials for the frame and slats.
With a bit of creativity, you can make an Adirondack chair that’s truly unique and one-of-a-kind.
Folding Adirondack Chair Templates
You should buy the templates and definitely check out the video for this DIY Adirondack Chair project for all of the details and the tutorial.
Conclusion and Finished Product!
I also think a set of these chairs would make a great present for anyone on pretty much any occasion.
I hope you have a blast making your own outdoor furniture! I’ll see you on my next project.
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