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Adirondack chairs are quite popular and although for years, they were used only outdoors, many people are finding that this style of chair is attractive for indoor use too. If you want your own Adirondack chair, you can actually build one for a reasonable price and have fun doing it.

Start by cutting 1x boards to various widths to match the required length. You will then want to rip cut the boards to the width needed according to your specific chair plan. A great tip to keep track of each board is to label them with a pencil, such as �B� for back. These backboards are actually called splats, which you will slide together. With a compass, you want to draw a half circle onto the boards in the radius of 3 � inches from the side and 2 15/16 radius on each end board, or whatever your specific plan requires. Using a jigsaw, you will then cut on the outside of the marks and then sand them down to the pencil mark making them smooth.

The front slats of the chair will then need to be angle cut so they can wrap around the front edge. Additionally, you want to angle cut the cross piece that is used for support of the back slats. Then for the rounded slat supports, saw them and assemble the seat section of the chair. Now the armrests will need to be cut according to your plan and then tacked together.

Now the lap joints for the armrests will need to be marked along with the middle back support. Cut them square so the armrest ends overlap each other on the ends of the support. Next, pre-drill, glue, and fasten the armrests to the support. You can use a Forstner bit, countersink the holes, and plug them so they are not noticed.

The back legs are then cut out so they will support the slats. Keep in mind that the cuts on the legs can be a bit challenging. The legs will be narrower at the bottom and wider at the top. The ends of the legs will be mitered cut. The front legs and the pie-shaped armrest support will be sawed. Mark and pre-drill the screw holes through the legs and the seat supports, and fasten the legs to the slat supports.

The next step is to glue and screw the splats to the upper and lower cross member supports. Remember that the splats will be spaced evenly to the support. Turn the chair over and clamp the upper support. Once that is done, turn the chair over again and gap the splats. Now fasten the upper support. Finally, the armrest assemble is fastened to the front lets and the splat unit is set on the support and fastened in the back.

You can leave your Adirondack chair natural with whatever wood you chose or if you prefer, you can paint it. In fact, if you plan to use your chair indoors, you could give it an antique finish or paint or stencil it.
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