DIY Adirondack Chairs

A 'How To' Project For Women And Power Tools

As dreams of warmer temperatures come, more chairs to set in gardens and outdoors may be warranted. These Adirondack Chairs are an easy project with just a few tools and wood from a supply store. This project can be done in just a few hours. There are a handful of things needed to complete this project: a miter saw, drill and a kreg jig, tape measure and safety glasses.  

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 the seat boards that are 22 1/2 inches 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 @uncommon.jane on Instagram and message for plans.

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