Saturday Morning Workshop: How To Build A Folding Adirondack Table
Add some function to your front porch and try a new joinery technique by building this folding Adirondack table.
A few hours
IntroductionGot an Adirondack chair? This matching table is a perfect partner for it (or any comfy patio chair). You'll learn some tricks to expedite the process and a way to hide unsightly screws. With just a few basic tools, you'll have this table built and be relaxing next to your creation in a couple hours.
- 3/8” plug cutter
- Brad nail gun
- Drill press
- Miter saw
- 1-1/2 in. FH Screws
- 1x3 cedar (25')
- 3/8-in. lock nuts (4)
- 3/8-in. split washers (8)
- 3/8-in. x 2-1/2 in. carriage bolts (2)
- 3/8-in. x 3-in. carriage bolts (2)
Don’t have an Adirondack chair? Click here and try building this convenient, folding design.
What It Takes
- Time: 2 hours
- Cost: $40
- Skill Level: Beginner
Project step-by-step (6)
Cut the arcs
Draw the arc on both ends of one of the top slats (A, B, C). Cut the arc with a jigsaw and sand smooth. Trace the arc onto the rest of the top slats and cut with a jigsaw. Gang up all the parts in a vice and sand up to the line. Repeat the procedure on the non-angled ends of the legs (D).
Assemble the apron
Drill the counterbores at the ends of the apron sides (E) using a 3/8-in. Forstner bit. Clamp the apron end (F) to the apron side and drill a pilot hole into both parts. Remove the clamp and drill a clearance hole through the apron counterbores. Fasten the apron side to the apron end with 1-1/2 in. flat head screws.