Outdoor Garden Patio Furniture – Adirondack Chairs

Outdoor Garden Patio Furniture just wouldn’t be complete without a set of Adirondack Chairs.

The Adirondack Chairs has been around for many years but today’s Adirondack chairs were designed by Thomas Lee is 1903. While on vacation in Westport, New York in the Adirondack Mountains, he needed outdoor chairs for his summer holiday home. He tested his design on his family first before arriving at a final design. He offered the final design to Harry Bunnell, a friend of his who was in need of winter income. Bunnell quickly realised the potential of the Adirondack Chair and quickly, without Lee’s knowledge or permission, registered a patent on the design and produced commercially them for the next 20 years.

Today’s Adirondack Chairs normally features a rounded back and seat with the backrest tilted backwards for comfort. There are numerous designs available today and they keep changing. We have kept ours as close as possible to the original design due to the appearance of them and the large armrests.

Outdoor Garden Patio Furniture Adirondack Chair

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There is a range of timbers that can be used. Obviously the more durable and more expensive the timber the more the chairs will cost you. Saligna is widely used as an affordable fairly durable hardwood while top end users will request these in teak or balau. CCA Treated pine works well if treated to at least an H3 level which is suitable for outdoors and carries the manufacturers guarantee of up to 50 years. So they may even outlast the teak or balau.

The Adirondack Chair is slightly pricier than a normal outdoor garden patio chair because a lot of the pieces are curved and if one is not making use of a CNC router, then these invariably need to be cut by hand using either a band saw or jig saw and then shaped to their final shape. They are therefore quite labour intensive. A lot of companies have re-designed them slightly to avoid curved pieces and make use of straight cut pieces which speeds up cutting and assembly time. However we have stuck to the original curved pieces in order to keep our design as close as possible to the original. We also only produce them in timber obtained from sustainable forestry as we have found the plastic composites just don’t match up to a piece of solid wood.

Outdoor Garden Patio Furniture Adirondack Chair

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The distinctive arm rests are larger enough to place a plate of food on with a drink on the other side. The backrest is tilted backwards and curved for comfort while the seat is contoured to fit around the legs.

We seal our Adirondack Chairs using a good quality outdoor timber preservative so that maintenance of them will be kept to a minimum. This requires no sanding and a mere clean and re-coat is all that is necessary. The timber preservative also allows the natural beauty of the timber to come through as opposed to a coating that covers that. They are also available in white-painted or any other colour really.

Other pieces are also available such as the double seater with table in the middle or without, a foot rest that is adjustable and a small side table all in the same style and design.

We don’t sell them as flat pack as we have found that flat pack will invariably break over time. Our chairs are made to last many years and I personally still have the first ones I made.

Outdoor Garden Patio Furniture Adirondack Chair

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They are also available in children’s sizes as well as youth.

For a free no obligation quote on Adirondack Chairs and related outdoor garden patio furniture please complete the form below or contact us on 082 496 5444.

Outdoor Garden and Patio Furniture – Lutyens Bench

Outdoor Garden and Patio Furniture - Lutyens Bench

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I was commissioned to make another outdoor Lutyens bench in balau, but this time it was to be painted white. I really battled this time around because I had misplaced the plans that were given to me on the first one I made. With the first one I made I was given the plans from the client who had ordered them online. There were not PDF plans but rather printed on A1 paper and posted to him.

Each curved piece was drawn on the plans in real size and needed to be cut out and pasted to a piece of softwood, then cut and shaped to make a template. That is then transposed to the work piece and cut leaving a 5mm or so gap on the edge and then flush trimmed using a flush trim router bit to arrive at a perfectly curved piece. They can then be re-produced quite easily and quickly.

Needless to say I lost my plans and my templates. Eventually I ordered them myself at huge cost only to find my plans when I cleaned my office out. So we started to cut all our shaped pieces. I then modified the plans slightly to make use of standard balau pieces that we use in our decking. I always have off cuts that are too small to use in decking but long enough to use in bench making, so it saves a lot of money which I can pass on to my clients in reduced selling prices. However changing the size of the pieces to make use of standard decking pieces results in some pieces changing length slightly. So now we couldn’t cut to the plans we had to work out how long various pieces needed to be to accommodate the change in thicknesses and widths of the stock we were using.

So it was a painfully slow process, but we eventually got there with our slightly modified design of our Lutyens Bench. We then quickly drew the Lutyens Bench, measured each piece and kept a note of it so that next time we know how long each piece is and we can then pre-cut all our pieces, mark them, domino or dowel them and glue the whole thing up a day or two.

The Lutyens Bench has a very distinctive design and look. It was originally designed and first built prior to 1913 by the Edwardian architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (the Dutch name is pronounced “Lut-chins”).

It has since become very popular and one can find various different styles with small changes. The back rest, together with eth arm rests, however remains pretty much original as that is what defines its unique design.

For a free no obligation quote on the Lutyens Bench or any other garden furniture, wooden decking or outdoor timber construction please feel free to contact us on 082 496 5444 or use the contact us form below.