Adirondack Style Dining Chair




Introduction: Adirondack Style Dining Chair

Here is my first woodworking Instructables..

Step 1: Create Sketch With SketchBook

First step was to come up with idea for chair..
I used SketchBook to come up with the idea.
I saved a screen shoot to use for the rest of my design.

Step 2: Autodesk ForceEffect to Optimize the Design

I used Autodesk ForceEffect to analyze my design
Set background from saved image
Set units to inch
Trace over background image (set seat height to 18”)
bond all joints
Add supports
Add 200 lb distributed load

I want to reduce the twisting on point “E” since it is the most likely connection that will fail.
Original design has 516 lb-in of twisting at point “E”
Slight change in geometry creates 360 lb-in of twisting at point “E”
Final design has 284 lb-in of twisting at point “E” reducing the stress on point “E” by almost half.

I saved my diagram to Autodesk 360 so that could use it to start my Inventor 3D model..

Step 3: Create 3D Design With Autodesk Inventor

I imported my diagram from Autodesk 360 to start my 3D model for my chair.
After creating my 3D model I crerated some basic 2 drawings to help with the build.

Step 4: The Build..

I used the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig for all my joints
Assemble the glue up the seat
Measure and cut all members except for back member (will measure this on in place later)
Since this is a symmetrical chair I clamped and cut 2 members at one time (this ensure very consistent and accurate cuts)
Join all members except for back, clamp back in position and mark cut.
Final assembly..
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    4 years ago

    Great instructable! I like your systematic approach to checking design


    8 years ago on Step 4

    That is a creative design on the chair and i like the statics free body diagram you did, but there is one inherent problem with the design of your chair - leaning back. When someone leans back in the chair, all of the dead load on the chair is transferred to the diagonal rear leg. This will create bending stress in this leg that the small cross sectional area will not likely be able to handle over a long period of time- especially poplar. In addition, the use of the pocket hole in this area also further weakens the wood at this intersection.

    I would recommend increasing the cross sectional area of this leg to resist bending stress that will result from leaning back. Also, after cutting the angle in the leg, temporarily attach the down-leg to the diagonal leg with a splice and drill a hole through the diagonal leg into the down leg from underneath (in the same plane as the down leg to increase the area in shear in the dowel), and drive a wooden dowel and glue to support that joint. I hope this helps a little for the longevity of your chair.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    great sir ... i would be like Make this design kindly share the pdf on


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    you should be able to download the PDF from the top of the Instructables..