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    Adirondack chairs

    I know Adirondack chairs aren't very exciting, but my wife wants a couple Here's my question: flat back or curved? Looks like the traditional ones have flat/straight backs, whereas more modern ones have a curved back (curved across the shoulders/width, not from top to bottom).

    Are the straight ones comfortable for long evenings spent sipping adult beverages? I like how they look. Or should I go curved back? To be honest, the only ones I've ever sat in were flimsy plastic ones from Walmart or some such.

    Thanks,

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    Curved backs, that's how we do ours. Also make sure the arms are really wide, so you can set your dinner plate and a drink down on them -- brace them well, as someone might choose to sit on the arms.... We make the chairs with the legs cut from 5/4 pressure-treated decking boards, since they will be in contact with the ground.
    Last edited by Timothy Thorpe Allen; 08-26-2019 at 3:08 PM.

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    Curved backs. Straight backs are very uncomfortable. 2nd the idea of wide arms, that's the way I made mine.
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    All the traditional plans I have ever seen include the curved back. I think that is the original and traditional way. The modern flat backed versions are for unskilled or lazy woodworkers.

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    I've built a few, definitely curved back (to answer the question), the chair I build the most is a design built by Norm Abram, these plans can be found on the internet at no cost. I have also been experimenting with a "classic" design by Tom McLaughlin that has the back slats curved in height as well as width. This chair is really comfortable, but the difficulty level bumps up a notch.

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    Just saw a Rockler ad that had chair plans discounted 40%, iirc.
    Rustic? Well, no. That was not my intention!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Coffman View Post
    I've built a few, definitely curved back (to answer the question), the chair I build the most is a design built by Norm Abram, these plans can be found on the internet at no cost. I have also been experimenting with a "classic" design by Tom McLaughlin that has the back slats curved in height as well as width. This chair is really comfortable, but the difficulty level bumps up a notch.
    Normís chair is the most comfortable I have sat in. Looks good too. I have six.

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