G&G Adirondack Chair

Marc Spagnuolo

Think you know what Adirondack Chairs are all about? Think again! The Greene & Greene Adirondack Chair breathes new life into this summertime classic. The chair is not only comfortable, but the elegant Greene & Greene details will immediately grab your attention. This project will challenge your skills, while reinforcing classic joinery methods as well as those specific to the Greene & Greene style.

Chair measures approximately 30"D x 33" W x 31" H

  • 19 lessons
  • 360 min
  • $79.00
  • Adirondack Chair MDF Template

    If you want to hit the ground running and don't feel like making your own template, add this to your order for 10% off the regular price!

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Getting Started

    Gearing up for the Greene & Greene Adirondack chair Guild Build.

  2. Project Tour

    A close look at the project plan and an explanation of specific Greene & Greene details.

  3. History & Design

    A close look at the origins of the Adirondack chair as well as the many design variations in existence today.

  4. Lumber Purchase & Layout Strategy

    Learn how to develop a buying strategy and how to lay out your parts once your back in the shop.

  5. The Template

    Making a template using the printed outline from the PDF plan.

  6. Rough Milling & Color Issues

    Milling our front leg stock and working out some color challenges.

  7. Front Leg Joinery

    Adding the mortises and tenons to our front legs.

  8. Front Leg Details

    The tapered indent leg detail and two other alternatives!

  9. Side Legs Pt. 1

    The side legs come to life as we cut the massive angled tenons and add some beautiful angles and curves.

  10. Side Legs Pt. 2

    Curves, mortises and flush trimming. Some challenges ahead before we can call these legs done!

  11. Front Apron

    A look at two distinct methods for re-creating the double groove feature inspired by the Gamble House Dining Table.

  12. Lower Back Brace

    Creating the lower back brace and tackling the 7 degree bevel angle.

  13. Arms & Upper Back Brace

    The upper portion of our chair comes to life with the creation of the arm and back assembly.

  14. Arm Brackets & Plug Holes

    Turning our attention to the double bracket detail and the plug holes.

  15. Slats & Finish Prep

    Shaping the back slats and locating all of our screws accurately.

  16. Assembly & Finish

    The chair comes together with the use of a few sub-assemblies. We then follow up with the application of two different finish types.

  17. Ebony Plugs

    The finishing touch for our Adirondack Chair is the installation of the ebony plugs. We’ll go from a turning blank to perfect pillowed jewels. This build is complete!

  18. Cover It Up!

    The best product for preserving your outdoor projects doesn’t even come in a can!

  19. Refinishing, 6 Years Later

    A look at how the chairs held up as well as the complete refinishing process.

What will I receive?

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file.
  • Printable patterns to construct your own template or buy a template here.
  • Hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of the build, from wood selection to finishing.

What will I learn?

  • History and evolution of Adirondack Chairs
  • Lumber selection and grain layout strategy
  • Classic Greene & Greene details like ebony plugs, leg indents, and cloud lifts.
  • Template construction
  • Angled mortise & tenon joints
  • Three different leg detail options
  • Flush-trimming with a router
  • Finishing with Teak Oil and Sikkens Cetol

What will I need?

  • Lumber estimate: 14 BF of 4/4 stock, 5 BF 6/4 stock, 1.5 BF 8/4 stock, small ebony turning blank. Bell Forest Lumber Kits available here (Guild members get 10% off with code).
  • Tablesaw (alternatives: Circular Saw, Bandsaw, Hand Saw)
  • Planer/Jointer (alternative: purchase pre-milled lumber kits or use hand planes)
  • Bandsaw (alternative: Jigsaw)
  • Router
  • Router Table (alternative: Hand-Held Router)
  • Miter Saw (alternative: Cross-cut Sled or Miter Gauge at Table Saw)
  • Drill Press (alternative: Drill/Driver)
  • Hand Tools – Saw, Rasps, Chisels, Scrapers


Keeping the wife Happy!

My wife had always wanted a set of Adirondack chairs for the deck. I always pushed back, not wanting to build some pine box store knock off. Marc provided the perfect compromise, a great design that stands out. No one has mistaken them for anything other than hand crafted. The video’s and plan’s are great and make the build easy.

Thanks Marc.

Guild Member

Great outdoor project

This chair is the perfect example of why Marc’s videos are just on a completely different level than a lot of other video projects out there. A historically basic outdoor chair becomes a piece of fine furniture.

There is a great level of detail that you just can’t get anywhere else. Any other adirondack chair on the Tube comes in at around 10 minutes, if that. This series is several HOURS of detailed step by step instruction. He even talks us through his thought process and shows how he goes about solving any problems that arise. Even the most daunting tasks are explained and shown in a way that makes even my idiot self think I can accomplish everything in the video. And I have!

Well worth every penny.

Guild Member
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About Your Instructor:

Marc is a podcaster, video producer, woodworking enthusiast, and author of Hybrid Woodworking and Essential Joinery. He has contributed articles and video content to FineWoodworking.com, Popular Woodworking Magazine, WOOD Magazine, and Woodcraft Magazine. He is also the host of The Wood Whisperer, an instructional woodworking video series that’s been going strong since 2006. He is also one of the hosts of the Wood Talk podcast. He has taught classes at the William Ng School, Marc Adams School, Weekend with Wood, Fine Woodworking Live, as well as at various Rockler and Woodcraft stores. He also speaks periodically at woodworking events like AWFS and IWF.