Two years ago, we built our new dock and installed our boat lift. Details about that project are coming soon. I had been shopping for outdoor furniture that would not totally break the bank since we moved into our home. Seriously, much of the outdoor furniture on the market that I like cost more than the furniture in my home and here on the Texas coast, salt water and sun are relentless and unforgiving. I can’t talk myself into spending that kind of money on outdoor furniture, especially when it is going to be without any protection from the elements.
For the dock, I decided to go with adirondack chairs. Chairs from the local stores ranged from $120 – $150 and they were not made with stainless steel hardware. Stainless steel is extremely important around salt water because the saltwater will not corrode the stainless like it will other hardware. We have several neighbors up and down the canal that are having to redo their docks, stairs, decks, etc because they are falling down. The nails have rusted and are giving out. We were working on our dock one day and the neighbor across the canal fell into the water when his dock gave out from underneath him. Yikes. Lesson learned: stainless hardware is important.
After pricing and shopping around I decided to build my own adirondack chairs.
I searched for over a month to find the right plan. Its hard deciding what will be comfortable and the correct size by a 2D plan. Generally, the adirondacks with curved backs and bottoms are the most comfortable so that was a must. Also, I didn’t want them to sit super low like a lot of the beach chairs. I finally came upon Skip to My Lou’s plan. Her chairs had the curves and she provided a template. AWESOME! This template was a huge time saver. I didn’t have to make a bazillion measurements to get all the curves right. I just traced the template and cut. It only cost about $7 at Office Depot to have the template printed at full size.
This project is time consuming and take some skills. I used a jig saw to cut out all the pieces then sanded them individually before they were put together. Tracing, cutting and sanding takes some time but the assembly part goes fast. Although these can be a one person job, it is nice to have an extra set of hands around to help hold while measuring and lining up.
Here are some progress photos.
I decided to go with a solid color stain. It looks like paint but it is an oil based exterior stain that goes on really thick. They are just now starting to look a little faded and may need a touch up next year. Not bad for two full years in the weather and sun. A lighter color would show less fading but I am in love with the navy. 🙂
The best part is each chair cost about $47 worth of materials, including the stainless steel hardware which is much more expensive than other hardware. Thank you to Skip to My Lou for providing free plans and instructions!
Two years later the chairs are doing great and I am thinking about building a few more for our fire pit area. This project is time consuming but well worth it for me to have stainless hardware, choose custom color and save hundreds of dollars.