Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summertime and the livin' is easy

The chair test pilot enjoying a popsicle.
Although it's not technically summer yet, traditionally the summer season is book-ended by Memorial Day and Labor Day, so culturally we're safely into summer. In the spirit of relaxation, and on the spur of the moment, I decided to build an Adirondack chair. The inspiration came jointly from a pile of reclaimed lumber that used to be the subfloor in my kitchen until I installed tile a couple of years ago, and a fancy recycled plastic slab Adirondack chair I sat on at the local library this past Saturday. By Sunday evening I was actively constructing, armed with a sketched design and a cell phone pic of the library's chair.

Monday evening I worked a bit more on the chair, and by Tuesday it was ready for paint. However the evenings have been too nice to be totally committed to a construction project, so we logged some more time on dirt trails.
Singing while riding through the cottonwoods.
Dirt machines taking a break at the park.
The chair is now complete. It would benefit from an accompanying footrest of some sort, but that will have to wait for later. Apparently the chair has met the approval of the other members of my household, as there is a request for a couple more. However, I don't have enough wood left for even one more, and I'm too frugal (cheap) to buy it. In the mean time, I plan to use the chair for its intended purpose. Now all I need to do is to air up the mini pool to stick my feel in while I relax.
Why yes, that is a Park BO-2 ready to open a frosty bottle of New Belgium Blue Paddle pilsner. You're very observant.


  1. In case you ever decide that you'd rather make Adirondack chairs for a living than that PhD stuff, I'll take 2. Lime green and periwinkle.

  2. Good colors. This was a one-off with quirks, but I think I could streamline the process enough to make production viable. Your chairs will be first in the queue if the PhD thing doesn't pan out.