Step 20: Measure and cut the chair back slats

You'll need (7) chair back slats.  These are tapered cuts.  I made a simple (yet dangerous) taper jig out a sheet of masonite and a few smaller pieces of wood.

You can simply mark the board from the measurements below and use a circular saw to rip the taper.

I marked the length approximately; this is a good place to use some of your less than perfect boards.  Anywhere from 34"-36" should do fine.  As you'll see later, we're going to trim the tops to make the fan shape at the top of the chair.

Very easy to follow instructable. The hardest part for me was drawing the pattern. Also with the back slats, I found it easier to screw all of the bottom screws in first and then fan out the tops appropriately before screwing them down. The only thing missing is a beer holder. Again, great instructable...! This coming from a girl with very little wood working knowledge and only a few tools.
I thought the same thing, missing a beer holder!
Very awesome instructions!!! I made jigs so i can keep making more so it took me longer, about 7 hours. No putty or paint leaving it natural just sanded the slivers down!
<p>Hardest part was getting pallets apart. Eventually just cut them. Very easy to follow plans.</p>
<p>what measurement did you use for the backpieces i like that they are not as skinny</p>
I love your chair! What did you use for the wisconsin logo?
<p>Thanks. Printed logo as big as I could and then penciled a grid over it and scaled the grid on a different sheet of paper and handcopied from smaller grid to larger grid. http://www.wikihow.com/Scale-Drawings-Using-the-Grid-Method</p>
<p>This was a fun build, and I can't think of a better way to reuse pallets. Now I'm going to try to build them with proper wood, and I can't wait!<br>Top Tip: You'll notice one of my pictures shows an arm piece. My pallets at the time were not in the best shape and I couldn't get wide enough single pieces, so I glued 2 pieces together and sanded it down. The result was really nice actually. Always an option if you're strapped for wide pieces, but I wouldn't do this on the lower frame for wood stress reasons.</p>
<p>hello I write from Italy, my name is nicola, thanks for your project,<br> I managed to build one has, making only a small modification to the seat.<br> sorry for my english, I'm using google translator</p>
<p>Really like your design ! Thanks for the instructables</p>
Thanks for the instructable! I made two of these chairs and am veg happy with how they turned out.
<p>this is a fab project and very well explained....well done and thank you...</p>
<p>If one got adept at making these, they seem like they could be a very good craft faire product (as expensive as Adirondack Chairs are in stores).</p>
<p>Awesome instructable! followed most of the steps and guessed the bits when i could't be bothered to check my laptop. I would recommend that you cut the fan on the backrest at the end as long as you hold on tight to the boards or secure them somehow.</p>
<p>Thanks for the plans. My balcony in Amsterdam.</p>
Pretty easy considering this was my first attempt at pallet furniture. I'm going to make another one to match. The pics are before and after staining. Thanks for the Instructable!
<p>The first one (varnished in the pic, and nighttime pic) was like a beta test, then the 2nd one was better and hopefully all future ones will be even better. I'm hoping to have 4 to go around a backyard brick fire pit.</p><p>Thanks for posting this, its a great project to spruce up the back deck/yard!</p>
Thank you ! Great &amp; clearly explaination. I like it. I'll try. ;)
It wasn't perfect but I liked it ..it was not so hard to be built.Emad Libya
How much wood would I need if I would buy the wood
Probably the same amount the woodchuck needs. ;)
Is all of this clicking through needed? Could warnings not come all on one page, and the &quot;where you get them thin, did that need to be spread out over a couple? I just Want to get to the directions! Start with the warnings on one page, then the where to get the next then start into the task
<p>Please stop whining.Just be happy he made the instructable!</p>
<p>Directly under the title you will find 4 buttons. Download, View All Steps, Go To Step and Next. The view all steps will show you the full instruction all on one page. The download is also great if you would like to save the instructions for offline viewing. (These options may only be available if you are logged in.)</p>
I take the pallets apart by cutting between the 2X4 and the board with a sawzall and a blade that will cut through nails. Then I use a punch from the back side to push the nails out. This saves splitting the wood and results in the most usable lumber in the fastest time.
Thanks for sharing.<br/>I will be shrinking it down and making one for my 2 year old this afternoon.<br/><br/>Thanks again!
great explanation great chair i found a saw that may help in taking pallets apart quicker and with less waste <br>its called a demolition saw you can cut though the gap between the planks and the blocks to cut the nails (i hammered the left overs later) <br>thanks for a great description
Seems the pics didn't load, I'll try again.
Thanks, and thanks to you for the great easy to follow 'ible.
Another angle.
Great instructible. I needed a chair so I could relax with a nice cold beer up on the rooftop space after messing about in my 'workshop'. I had some pallet wood and this gave me an idea. Anyway, here is a pic of the completed project (with a few minor tweaks - rounded over the seat slats and back slats and gave the arms more of a curve). The only problem, is, the wife and my daughter saw it and now want me to build one for each of them. <br>I also made full sized cardboard templates first which helped, but will now make 1/4&quot; plywood so I can make exact replicas. <br>Another tip for filling in the holes and cracks / finishing in reclaimed wood - instead of wood putty, I mix sawdust (collected from the dust bag of the sander) with wood glue. It dries to the exact colour of the piece.
Great work, very well explained!! I&acute;m going to try it!! With your explanation I see it easy, I think that the most difficult is to pass inch to centimetres :D. <br>Regards from spain.
What size screws?
Depends on how thick your boards are. <br>For 1&quot; boards use 1/4&quot; by 1 5/8&quot; <br>For 3/4&quot; boards use 1/4&quot; by 1 1/4&quot;
I have used this pattern for many Adirondack chairs and it is exceptionally comfortable...highly recommended. When I breakdown pallets if the ends are cracked I tend to just cut them off prior to prying the center loose. I also tend to wait until the wood is dry and cold...
A great place that I have found to salvage wood is in trashed box springs. I have found the the best place to find them is around apartment buildings and even more so around college dorms. due the high turnover rate of occupants. The wood is generally strong and in pretty good condition.
I agree with Achilles...based on what I know because I am a nurse I would have to find a way to treat box spring wood before I could use it...but as a nurse I am squeamish about things normal people aren't bothered by...all of that being said- the wood found in side upholstered furniture is generally very good quality, despite being rough on the surface.
Watch out for bed bugs however! those little buggers can hide anywhere, and once you've got them they aren't leaving. <br> <br>A lot of mattresses/box springs may have been left out for a reason. <br> <br>Great idea... just be careful
On this step I found it easier to copy the image into Excel. I cropped the image to include just the board than re-sized it using the ruler. You can also re-size the image by double clicking the picture and a format tab will appear at the top of the page. In the upper right corner you can type in the dimensions you want for the height and width. After this I copied it into paint and whited out most of the board color (to save ink when I print). I saved it as a JPEG formatted picture to my desktop. Then in Excel I inserted the picture. Resize again. <br> <br>Even with margins at 0&quot; you can only print 7.5&quot; x 10&quot; on 8.5&quot; x 11&quot;. So set the margins at 0&quot; all around. Orient the page to 'landscape'. Then I copy and pasted 3 of the same pictures stacked on top of each other, not overlapping. Then in page layout view cropped the first picture to just be on the first page horizontally. The second image down on the second page horizontally. The third image on the third page horizontally. And the fourth image on the fourth page horizontally. <br> <br>Then I stacked the images all on one page to save paper. Print it and cut it out. Attach to board and voila!
I use a 24&quot; pry-bar with a wedge on one end and a claw on the other. <br> <br>**IMPORTANT** <br> <br>Start with the middle 2&quot; x 4&quot; support when prying and then do the outer ones. <br> <br>With the wedge I pry the board up a little (about a half inch) than stomp the board back down. This will force the nail head (not always on softer wood) to pop up above the board. Then it can be removed. If it doesn't pop up, I pry the board so that the nails come up with the board, making sure to do the middle support beam of the board first. <br> <br>An advantage to cutting the boards off is that you may save time and get rid of the parts of the board that are holy.
This is a great instructable, thanks for uploading all this good info and clear pictures. <br> <br>The only changes I made are in how I took apart the pallets and the width of the chair. I used a reciprocating saw with a bimetal/demolition blade to simply cut through the pallet nails, then used a nail &amp; hammer to tap the nail stubs out of each board. I did this because I used heavy-duty pallets with five stringers through them, making it nearly impossible to rock the boards back and forth like you would with a three-stringer pallet. <br> <br>The chair itself is very comfortable. I sit in it and just don't want to get up. But I'm a big fat dude, so I wanted a little more room to spread out. So I went back and added 8 inches to the width, and the final product is ideal for my size.
Thank you very much for your instructable. It was clear and detailed, making it easy to follow, especially the templates for each piece of this great puzzle. <br>I have little woodworking experience and the pictures help tremendously. <br>I just finished assembling my chair, no I just need to sand and apply some polyurethane. <br><br>Thanks again.<br>
Hey, nice work! Glad you liked the instructable.

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