DIY Twin Adirondack Chairs


We saw a Twin Adirondack Chair for sale at a local hardware store and loved it. It was unpainted wood and cost about $400.00! We decided to check and see if we could find plans for one online and build one ourselves. Bingo! We found this site by They have soooo many plans to choose from, toys, holiday items, furniture, and of course Adirondack chairs. We ordered the plans, some transfer paper, and a package of hardware for $37.29 / $42.28 with tax and shipping. This is what arrived in the mail.

Inside we found: Instruction book, hardware packet, transfer paper, 2 sets of patterns (all for the same chair).

The instructions told us exactly what to buy and were very easy to follow. The pattern pieces reminded me of my old sewing days. We were off to a happy start.

Of course, you do have to have one of these! As well as a miter saw.

After all the pieces were cut they were sanded and primed we began assembly. Our good friends at Sherwin-Williams Paint recommend this deck sealer for the primer as we did not use salt treated lumber.

We primed all the pieces before assembly and then assembled all except the slats for the chair seats. We decided it would be too hard to get inbetween them for painting so we painted them separately. Here you see the assembled pieces and the beginning of the painting.

This is the one of the 4 pieces that make the chair backs adjustable! They will actually lay all the way down if we want them to.

The turquoise blue paint is a whole nother (that actually is a word here) story. I had purchased a can of what I thought was white exterior high gloss paint for another project. When I began using it I noticed something wasn't right. It wouldn't cover anything and was almost clear when painted on. Then I looked at the can again and realized I had gotten a can of base paint that required tinting. I had gone back to the store for the paint I originally intented to buy but now I had this can of untinted paint that I was not going to waste. So we took it back to the store and asked to have it tinted and we picked out a color. The clerk made a mistake and the paint came out a very dark and different color than we had chosen. Since some of the paint had been used he added as much white paint to it as he could and we ended up with the color you see. I actually love it! Its sort of a beachy turquoisy blue.


  1. I love these; Great job! When all said and done, how much was spent bc wood can get expensive?

    1. The wood costs about $95.00. We used pine, not salt treated lumber. The salt treated would have been a lot more expensive but also a lot less work. I can't say how much we spent on paint. We got a gallon of sealer/primer and used less than a quart of it. We went ahead and got a gallon because we have other projects. We already had the paint and used less than a quart of that. I would love to see your pictures if you decide to make this. Thanks for your comments.

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  3. Love these chairs! Can you post a link to the woodcraft pattern you used?

    1. Sure!!

  4. If I had the equipment needed, I'd make this in a heart beat. You did a great job.

    1. Thanks Janice! It does take some special tools, and someone who can use them! lol In my case it was my husband.

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