Assembling Your Adirondack Chair

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The Adriondeck chair reinforces America’s love for the outdoors. Originally built by a man who loved spending time at his summer home, there is a lot about this chair that reminds people of their fondest summer memories. From sandlot baseball to lemonade, there is something very simple and kind about the Adirondack chair. But once you’ve decided to add this chair to your life, dreams may soon become nightmares when you find out that your enjoyment is contingent on making sure tab a fits snugly into slot b.

While your purchase of an Adirondack chair may look great online, prepare for it to come in assorted bits and pieces once it arrives. Once your deck is strewn with parts, and all of those small, conveniently losable screws, bolts, and nuts, what once seemed like a good idea turned into a bad application in no time.

The good news is that buying an Adirondack chair you have to put together by yourself does not have to be a bad thing from which you will never recover. And once it is all said and done, you too can enjoy your patio furniture in peace, and have a new sense of pride attached to it – because you made it, much like the pioneers who came before you.

The first mistake every man makes (regardless of putting together an Adirondack chair or not) is throwing away the instructions. I don’t know how clear I can make this: DO NOT THROW AWAY THE INSTRUCTIONS! They will play a critical part in making your assorted lumber look more like a chair.

If your chair did not come with instructions, or maybe you magically lost them, do not panic – there are still options to help you out. First off, many manufacturers offer instructions online, and even step-by-step guides on building your Adirondack chair. Check their respective websites first. If you don’t see what you need there, try giving them a call, and have them send or fax you a new one. Don’t try to guess your way through making it work. If you put your chair together the wrong way, you may end up with a disabled or broken chair that nobody – not even the cats – will want to sit in.

Now that you have the instructions in hand, read over them once or twice. Take close notes as to the hardware you will need to bring everything together – where every screw goes, what they look like, and how the chair should look step-by-step. You may be better served in keeping one of each item separate – in case you lose one of them, you now have a reference from which you can purchase a replacement from either the manufacturer, or (in many cases) the hardware store.

Finally, it is time to get to work and make your Adirondack chair into a chair, rather than several pallets that look like they came from Ikea. Now that you have the instructions together, all the hardware, and all the tools the chair calls for, you are ready to turn it into the perfect lounger. And with so many pictures available to reference, you too will be enjoying the sun with a big glass of lemonade in no time. Plus, you have the bragging rights to all your friends about the chair you put together with good, old fashioned American know-how and elbow grease. Enjoy every moment of it, because this is your chair to enjoy for your life.