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DIY: Adirondack Chairs

Build Your Own Outdoor Furniture in an Afternoon

Dreaming about warmer temps and summer nights? These Adirondack Chairs are an easy project you can complete in a few hours with a few power tools and lumber, as well items you likely already have in your home workshop

Cut list 

5 – 2x4 @ 19 1/2 inches long 

2 – 2x4 @31 ¾ inches long 

2 – 2x4 @ 33 ¼ inches long – on these ends cut at 20 degrees off square as seen in photo 2 -2x4 @ 32 ¾ inches 

2 – 1x10 @ 22 ½ inches for the seat  

3 – 1x10 @ 19 ½ inches for the back 


3 – 2x4 that are 104 5/8 inches long 

1 – 1x10 that is 10 feet long

4 – 2 1/2 inches long Kreg Pocket hole screws

24 – 2 1/2 inches long self-tapping exterior screws

30 –1 ½ inches long self-tapping exterior screws

safety glasses

miter saw


Kreg Jig

tape measure




Step 1: Cut the chair stringers at a 90-degree angle at the foot. Attach the 31 3/4 arms with 2 1/2 inch screws to one of the 19 1/2 inch 2x4 board. Build the arms the same way.

Step 2: Drill pocket holes on both ends of two of the 19 1/2 inch 2x4s. Attach with the 2 1/2 inch screws to the frame of chair.

Step 3: Lay 22 1/2 inch seat boards to the frame of chair with 1 1/2 inch screws. Screw three per side and leave 1/4 inch gap in between for water drainage.

Step 4: Place one of the 19 1/2 inch boards behind the chair back for support and attach the 32 3/4 boards flush to the bottom of the stringer and attach through the legs of chair with 2 /12 inch screws. Repeat with the other side then remove the support board.

Step 5: Attach a 19 1/2 inch 2x4 to base of chair in the back with 2 1/2 inch screws and then attach the seat back 19 1/2 inch 1x10s to the chair back using 1 1/2 inch screws and leaving a gap for drainage. Sand and stain with a good exterior stain.

When complete, sand and finish with an appropriate exterior finish or paint. 

For more in depth step-by-step plans, visit me on Instagram at @uncommon.jane and message me for plans.