Saturday Morning Workshop: How To Build A Folding Adirondack Chair

Start relaxing at your happy place and make this folding version of the classic outdoor lounge chair in one day.


A half day






Adirondack chairs are stylish and comfortable. Build one for your yard with these instructions.

Tools Required

  • #8 Combination Countersink/Drill Bit
  • 5/8-in. spade bit
  • Belt sander
  • Clamps
  • Drill/driver
  • Jigsaw
  • Miter saw
  • Table saw

Materials Required

  • 1/4 in. nylon nut
  • 1/4 in. washer
  • 1/4 in. x 3 in. hanger bolt
  • 1x6 Board
  • 1x8
  • 3/8 in. nylon nut
  • 3/8 in. washer
  • 3/8 in. x 1-3/4 in. carriage bolt
  • 5/8 in. dowel

You’ve fled the office for your special retreat. You change into your comfiest clothes, grab a long book and a tall drink, find a spot with a view and a breeze, and slide into a spacious, comfortable chair. The chair? It’s an Adirondack chair, of course. Our version is designed for maximum comfort. It has a deep seat with a rounded front edge, spacious arms, and a curved, laid-back back. When summer’s gone, fold up the chair for easy moving and storage.

You can build these chairs from a variety of wood species. If your chair will live outdoors, redwood, cedar, white oak or Philippine mahogany would be good choices. They can be left unfinished to weather naturally, or given a clear preservative finish. I built mine with cedar, which is lightweight, readily available and moderately priced.

What It Takes

  • Time: 5 hours
  • Cost: $80
  • Skill level: Intermediate to advanced

Cutting List

Folding Adirondack Cutting List

Tech Art

Folding Adirondack Chair Tech Art

Click here for the full folding adirondack chair tech art downloadable PDF

Project step-by-step (11)

Step 1

Crosscut and rip boards to length

Folding Adirondack 1

  • Crosscut and rip the 1×8’s to finished size for the arms (B)
  • Crosscut the 1×6’s to the other lengths given in the cutting list and rip to width

Step 2

Mark and drill the bolt holes

Folding Adirondack 2

Mark and drill the 7/16-in. bolt clearance holes on middle brace (K), bottom brace (L), arm supports (M), hinge bars (N) & legs (C) only, as shown in the tech art illustrations. Gang up any like boards for consistent hole locations. You’ll drill the remaining clearance holes later.