I'm planning on building a few adirondack chairs and assorted other
outdoor stuff. Have yet to work with either cedar or ipae. The cedar
is 7/8 S2S and the rough side is pretty rough. I don't have a planer.
The ipae is S4S at nominal 1 inch. Any thoughts about which to choose?
I bought Ipe recently for the same purpose then I realized they were
going to be heavy monsters to move around. The chairs I have built
from SG douglas fir weigh around 25-30lbs I think figured the IPE would
be atleast twice. I will use the IPE for outdoor chaise loungers that
will have wheels on one end
This may not be a consideration in your case
I give my wife enough action that she is happy to see me go to the shop.
Oh, you meant to make something. Buy some 6" pine boards at the local
lumber yard. No planing, easy to finish, cheap to practice on. Once she
sees what you can do, she will beg you to buy the planer for the cedar
About 15 or 16 years ago my dad built some adirondacks out of white
oak. Last year I refinished them for the second time since they were
built. A little washing, some scuff sanding and a couple of coats of
spar urathane. These have been outside their entire lives, but they
sit under a deck and are a little sheilded from the snows. They do get
wet whenever it rains. They look so much better than most such chairs
I see, but are heavier than the PT chairs my BIL built at the same
Don't know what the cedar's like around your place, but around here, some of
it's dripping wet (literally). So leaving it sit out in a dry area for a
while is necessary, but it dries fast. It also planes very easily with hand
planes, and smells nice doing it. :) So the rough side shouldn't be too
much of a problem.
I built my Adirondack chairs from a Wood Magazine plan (the one with the
ever-green cutout between the middle two back supports). It turned out
pretty good; good enough that my wife brought it inside when we needed some
more chairs this winter, and it hasn't gone back out yet. :) It was built
entirely from 2x6 and 1x6 (or 5?) boards. Standard issue borg stock, which
was nice. It's also nice because it's light, but the cedar dents and
scratches easily. Especially around a 5 year old boy who's bored and has
something metal in his hands. DAMHIKT. Of course, he got a dresser my dad
built for me many years ago that has my name and other catchy phrases carved
in it, so I can't complain too much. :)
I got a bunch of 2x12 rough WR cedar for free and I don't have a
planer. I did a passible job with my belt sander. Start with 80 and
work it down to the finer grits. They finish up very pretty with a top
I've made four Jake chairs out of the type of cedar you described. I
don't have a planer either. I use a belt sander and it does an
adequate job for me. I try to keep the sanded rough sides where they
aren't seen. By the way, check Jake chairs on the web. Some may not
agree but I find them easy to build and very comfortable. I made one
out of pine first to see if I liked them, took it apart, traced the
curved parts on particle board so I'd have templates and then rebuilt
the chair. It sure makes successive builds alot easier.
I guess I'm now going to go with the cedar. Found a yard that has 1x12
at $2.04 a linear foot. They're willing to surface the rough side for
another 20 cents per lf. Looks like about $100 for wood for one Jake's
chair and footstool.
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