Can anyone point me in the direction of Adirondack chair plans for a
smaller adult? The person in question is five feet tall. The only
plans that I have seen are for either kids or normal sized adults. I
am looking for something that is mid size. I would scale a full size
plan down but I procastinated on a birthday deadline and am up against
it. I certainly don't mind paying for a set. Full size drawings would
definitely help. graci.
The Lee Valley plans have details for two chairs, one large and one a good deal
smaller. I don't think you would need to scale them down. On the other hand,
if you are up against a deadline, I found those chair take some time to build.
The plans a listed in most any Lee Valley catalog.
That works OK on a 100% size drawing but any written dimensions are then
wrong. So is material thickness. I've used the percentage method, but
approached it a little different.
Take a dimension of one of the main parts, say the width. For sake of
example, the seat is 27" wide so you want to reduce it by 10% or 2.7". To
keep things simple, I would just deduct 3" from every part on the width. Do
the same with the length and depth, but keep in mind, this is NOT a perfect
method. Some dimensions will allow for wood thickness. You are not, of
course, reducing the thickness of the lumber so not every dimension is
reduced by a percentage.
Does it work? I've posted photos of a desk and chair and of an Adirondack
chair that I rduced to scale. Until you knew what was up, people thought it
was full sized, not 1/3 or less of the original. In once case, it is a copy
of a 60" desk in my office that I reproduced for my wife's doll collection.
I used oak reclaimed from a pallet.
You might have a look at Jake's chair.
The plans provided are pretty comprehensive and would allow for scaling
down. As a rough guide, something between 3/4 and 7/8 scale would probably
suit - it's less of a reduction than you'd think. Measuring the length of
the person's leg from the knee to the floor and comparing that with the
height of the front of the plan chair seat to the floor would probably give
you a good idea of the scaledown needed.
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We had a client who wanted two chairs for a present. One was for a 5'
person while the other was for a 6'3" person. We ended up convincing the
client to give a "paper " present which was a chair for each based upon a
custom fitting. We sat each down in a "standard" chair and adjusted the
seat length, the rake of the back and the floor to seat height for each
person. We ended up with two quite different chairs. The new owners said
they were the most comfortable chairs they had ever set in. (We actually
made a different one for me and I have to agree :) ) So, since time is an
issue why not give a "paper " present for now. Cheers, JG
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