Hi Friends, y’all know how much I love me a good DIY, and it’s been a few weeks since I shared on my Instagram, my new Adirondack chairs, built from plans by Ana White.  While I was in the process of building 5 of her 2×4 Modern Adirondack Chairs for our fire pit area, I ran out of wood for the last one. But,  I called this a happy accident because what came from this mistake was pure genius!

Since Ana did such an amazing job documenting the process of building these chairs, I am just going to share with you the process of modifying the chairs, to create vertical slats in the back.  If you are interested in building Ana White’s Adirondack chair, click here for plans.

Cut List:

6-2×4 @19 1/2″ (support)

2-2×4 @30″ (arms)

2-2×4 @33 3/4 cut at 20 degrees off square (stringers)

2-1×10 @22 1/2″ (Seat)

2-1×10 @30″ (Back Boards)


DIY Adirondack Chair
Step 1: attach arm boards and legs using self tapping screws
Legs/arms with stringers built in mirror image
Step 2 and 3: Seat boards, front apron and back support is added

****This is where the plan changes, before Ana’s step 4****

I took one of the 19.5″ boards and screwed it to the back support.

View from above

Next, I placed my two seat back boards, resting directly onto the seat boards, butting them up against the arms on each side, leaving a gap down the center.

I then screwed these back boards to the support board in the center at a downward angle.

Next, I added the last 19.5″ support board in between the legs on the back of the chair, and secured it with screws from the outside . . .

and then secured the base of the back boards to the support board from the front with screws. 

And that’s it!

Lastly,  I sanded them down and gave them a coat of paint.  I decided to try a 2 toned look on my “oops” version, by staining the seat and back boards and painting the arms and legs black.  I love how this turned out!

I made a pair for my stepfather who is a huge Cowboy’s fan, he painted them blue—don’t they look awesome?



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