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A couple of new additions

The Throne

I have had the idea in my head for a while for really big, significant chair with thick slabs of wood for arms, a wide seat, heavy construction, big, over-sized bolts, and I finally got around to building one. It is available on our web site now, I call it “The Throne”.

Featuring a generous seat width of 27″, massive 8″ wide x 8/4″ arms (wide enough to set a dinner plate on), 8/4 frame and front legs, fastened together with over sized bolts, and weighing in at nearly 45 pounds, this is a significant chair, built for the discerning king and queen.

I modeled it after our Fan Backed Adirondack Chair, but beefed up the frame, the legs and the arm rests.

The throne, shown with two coats of spar varnish

The throne, shown with two coats of spar varnish

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The Big & Tall Chair

I also had a request to build our wide width standard chair with taller legs and higher clearance between the seat and the top of the arm rests. I liked the chair so much when I got it built that I decided to offer it to you. I call it the Big and Tall Adirondack Chair. It combines the best features of our standard chair and our Fan Backed chair – a contoured seat and back, wide seat width, comfortable arm rest height for taller folks, and a taller back rest. I think this may be my new favorite chair, since I am a bigger guy. I really like this chair, and I think you will too.

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This is our Big and Tall Adirondack Chair  with wider seat, taller arm rests and taller back

This is our Big and Tall Adirondack Chair with wider seat, taller arm rests and taller back

 

The Advantages of Cedar for Outdoor Furniture

While other wood species are available, cedar is our wood of choice for our Adirondack chairs, tables and benches.  5/4 cedar is the minimum thickness material we use for any of our cedar furniture.  5/4 cedar is a full 1 inch thick when finish sanded.  This is considerably heavier (33%) than most of the furniture you will find on the market. Cedar affords the best value to our customers by providing lower cost, lighter weight and excellent weather and rot resistance:

  • Cedar is a lightweight and dimensionally stable wood, which means it resists the natural tendency to crack and check, as you might find in many other wood species.

  • Western Red Cedar has incredible insulating properties, which means that even on hot days, it is cool to sit in.

  • Western Red Cedar fibers contain oils that act as natural preservatives to help the wood resist rot and decay, making it excellent furniture material for moist or humid climates. These properties also make Cedar a very popular material for hot tub and sauna areas.

  • Among other things, these naturally occurring oils give off that distinct cedar aroma that makes the wood highly unattractive to insects.

  • Its bacterial and fungal resistance coupled with the fact that Cedar is 80% the strength of Oak, makes it one of the most desirable wood to use for building Adirondack chairs and other outdoor patio furniture.

  • We buy high-quality lumber, which we offer 3 ways:  Rough Cut, Ready to Assemble and Fine Finish Sanded.

  • Cedar, left unfinished, weathers to a silver-gray, a no-maintenance look preferred by many.

  • Cedar readily takes most exterior grade finishes, including paint, stains, spar varnish and oil finishes

Barbecued Pizza

In addition to woodworking, I also enjoy cooking and baking.  I decided early on in my adult life that I better learn to cook well, given that I like to eat well, and I couldn’t afford to eat out all the time.

One hot summer day, a couple of years ago, I decided I wanted to make homemade pizza.  I had recently tried my hand at making and smoking Canadian bacon (which is really very easy, and I will have to post about how to do it some time soon), and decided homemade pizza provided a good excuse to use some of it.  It was far too hot to want to heat up the kitchen by turning on the oven, so I decided to try baking it using indirect heat on the grill.  I had seen prime rib and other things cooked this way, and figured it might just work.

I made the dough, and added Italian herbs to it, rolled it out to about a 14″ round, placed it on an oiled piece of aluminum foil, topped it with sauce, cheese, Italian sausage and my Canadian bacon, more cheese and let it rise for about 20 minutes.  I am not a fan of crispy cracker crust pizza, I like a nice thick bready crust.  As you can see in the picture below, it really rose a lot.

While the dough was rising I fired up the grill. We have a gas grill with 4 burners.  I used all the burners to raise the temperature with the lid closed to a little over 400 degrees, then turned off the center burners, leaving the side burners on low to maintain the temperature.  Once the dough had risen nicely, I placed the pizza on the foil in the middle off the grill, closed the lid, and baked it.  It was done in about 10 minutes, and was the absolutely fantastic. The only way I think you could get closer to a brick oven pizza would be an actual brick oven, or maybe a charcoal grill fired with hardwood charcoal, not briquettes.

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Italian Herb Pizza Crust

 

Combine in mixer bowl:

1 TBS Active dry yeast

1 Cup warm water (105-110° F)

2 tsp Sugar

2 TBS olive oil

In a separate bowl, stir together:

2 ½ Cups All purpose flour

1 tsp salt

2 tsp Dried oregano

1 tsp Dried basil

1 tsp dried parsley

½ tsp garlic powder or 1 clove minced garlic

½ tsp onion powder

For stand mixer:

Once bubbles begin to form in yeast mixture, gradually add flour and herb mixture and knead with dough hook into a soft dough.  Form into a ball and press, roll or toss (I have never been able to hand toss pizza dough, wish I could) to desired size, place on lightly oiled pizza pan or cookie sheet, top with the sauce and toppings of your choice and bake at 400°F for 10-15 minutes.  For a crisper crust, use a perforated pizza pan.

To mix by hand:

Reduce the flour to 2 ¼ cups, stir in salt and herbs.  Create a well in the center of the flour and herb mixture, and pour the yeast mixture into the flour, mix with a spoon until all of the wet and dry ingredients are incorporated together.  Turn dough onto a floured counter and knead for about 5 minutes, working flour into the dough until it is smooth and elastic.  Form into a ball and press, roll or toss (I have never been able to hand toss pizza dough, wish I could) to desired size, place on lightly oiled pizza pan or cookie sheet, top with the sauce and toppings of your choice and bake at 400°F for 10-15 minutes.  For a crisper crust, use a perforated pizza pan.

 

 

 

Spring Outdoors with some new Patio Furniture

Walking across my yard yesterday, I noticed a couple of things that I swear were not there the day before. My climbing rose on my trellis is busting out all over with new growth, and almost as if over night, daffodils, irises and crocuses are bursting forth from the ground like there’s no tomorrow. The daffodils are already growing buds, and they weren’t even out of the ground just a few days ago.

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Looks like we’ve finally turned the corner from this really weird winter the country has been experiencing. Time for many folks to put away the snow shovel and get out the rake and the hoe. As thoughts turn to warmer days and being outdoors, without question, spending time relaxing on the patio, or in the back yard with family and friends, becomes a big part of that.  

Relaxation and comfort are synonymous with an Adirondack chair.  A contoured seat, tall curved back, and wide graceful arm rests to set a glass on, are essential components of a well built Adirondack chair.  Our customers tell us our chairs are “…perfectly contoured, and I’ve now spent a few hours sitting in it without even noticing it doesn’t have a pad. It is extremely sturdy, no creaks or wobbles… The angle of the back and gentle fan curve makes it even more comfortable.”

After time well spent digging in the garden, mowing the grass or planting rose bushes, you’ll have the satisfaction that comes from hard work, and a comfortable place to rest to look forward to.  As you settle into your comfortable Adirondack chair or bench from the Cedar Chair Store with a nice cold beverage in your hand, maybe think about firing up the barbecue, and enjoy your well deserved rest.

Another thing to look forward to with the arrival of spring is mornings spent on the patio with a warm mug of coffee or tea, when the chill of night, still clinging to the air, is chased away by the warming rays of the rising sun.  Our Adirondack style patio furniture, including our Adirondack chairs, dining chairs, benches, dining tables and coffee tables, will invite you to enjoy the warmer weather, and help make the most of an early start to your day.

Visit our web site today at the Cedar Chair Store,and let us help you relax in comfort, and make the most of outdoor living.

 

More Options and Lower Prices. It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than That

We are now offering all of our cedar Adirondack furniture with options on the amount of finish work and sanding, ranging from Rough Cut parts kits for handyman types and resellers, to Ready to Assemble with all of the edges rounded over and ready to put together straight out of the box, to Fine Finish Sanded.

Previously, the only item that we offered in a rough kit form was our standard Adirondack chair, now all of our Adirondack patio furniture, with the exception of the Folding Adirondack Chair and Folding Ottoman, is available as a Rough Cut kit. The Rough Cut furniture kits are being made available at  very affordable prices.

For the Rough Cut Adirondack furniture, we layout and cut out all of the parts.  The critical hardware locations are also marked.  The edges will be either mill planered or saw cut, but unsanded, and unrouted, allowing you to use the edge profile of your choice.  The back slats are all left the same length, and are not cut to a curve, allowing you to cut them to whatever shape you like.  The faces are planered, but not sanded, and all of the screw and bolt holes are undrilled, so that you can assemble the furniture as you wish, whether using nails or counter-sinking and plugging the screw holes. We include our standard hardware for your convenience.  If you have the tools and the inclination, this is a great option to save money, and create a unique piece of furniture for yourself, or to sell or give as a gift.

For the Ready to Assemble Adirondack patio furniture we layout and cut out all of the parts, sand the edges, round over the edges, drill all of the screw and bolt holes, and sand the faces only as necessary to remove mill marks, etc.  The furniture is ready to put together and use, or to apply a coat of paint.  Some of the surfaces may have slightly raised grain patterns, etc., but the furniture is as ready to accept a finish as typical milled house siding or wood decking.

For the Fine Finish Sanded furniture we layout and cut out all of the parts, sand the edges, round over the edges, drill all of the screw and bolt holes, finish  sand all of the faces and hand sand all of the rounded edges of all parts.  The furniture is ready to put together and use, or to apply a coat of paint, stain or varnish of your choice.  The extra time and expense of all the finish sanding is not necessary if your going to leave the furniture unfinished, or if you are going to use traditional fence or deck type finishes, but provides a superior surface for applying finer finish options such as marine grade varnish or sprayed on primer and paint.

Which option is best for you?  Well, it depends on what you want to do with your new furniture -

If you are going to leave the wood raw, and let it weather, then the Ready to Assemble option is just what you need.  Also, if you are going to apply a coat of primer and paint, a colored stain, or any other brushed on finish, the Ready to Assemble option will work just great.  Some customers will probably want to finish sand everything themselves first, but this is usually not necessary.

Aerosol paints also work really well, as long as you apply a primer first.  ValSpar makes a line of paints which are available at most home improvement stores.  One drawback is that sprayed on paint tends to go on in a thinner coat, so the smoother the surface, the smoother the finished product. In this case, I would recommend the Fine Finish Sanded option. I also recommend this option if you are going to use a sprayed on clear finish.

The Ready to Assemble prices for all of our furniture are lower than our previous prices.  We felt that making these options available to our customers was the way to provide the best value.

We Now Return to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

It seems that I had let the card that I pay for my web hosting with expire, and had not updated it, so unbeknownst to me, this website was offline since Monday afternoon.  Fortunately for me, the web hosting company called my this morning to let me know, and we got it all straightened out.  I had thought it was awefully quiet, with no new orders coming in, now I know why.  If you tried to visit and weren’t able to get to our site, please accept my apology.

New Products Coming Out

I am super excited about some new product ideas I have.  I have sketched some of them up in CAD, and couldn’t wait to put them out there for some feedback.

First item up is a wider version of our very popular dining chair.  This new version will have a seat width that is an additional 3″, which will make it more comfortable for larger framed folks like myself.

Wider width Dining Chair

Wider width Dining Chair

Next, I wanted to add some coffee tables to match our side table.  A lot of people set up their furniture on a patio or deck, and use it as an outdoor living type grouping, The coffee tables will lend themselves nicely to this.  The coffee table is 4″ shorter than the side table, mainly because that is what I typically see in living room groupings.  I couldn’t decide on using the same width as the end table, or another 6″ wider, so I am going to do both options.

Standard Coffee Table

Wide Coffee Table

Wide Coffee Table

 

What started this was that I have a patio umbrella that I bought a few years back, one of those “too cheap not to get it” kind of deals, and I figured I would come up with a use for it eventually.  Well, to date I have not, so I came up with two Adirondack chairs joined by a side table.  I can put a round hole with a grommet in the table and there is enough room below the table for an umbrella stand.  Now that I have mentioned this, I will, of course, have to come up with a good source for umbrellas and umbrella stands.

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While I was thinking about making the wider dining chair, I thought , “why not make a bench out of it too?”

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Which, of course, led me to the idea of a porch swing.

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And Now for a Shameless Plug

Discover the difference our quality craftsmanship will bring to your porch, patio or garden.

Enjoy the beauty of American made Adirondack furniture from The Cedar Chair Store.

Nothing says comfort and relaxation better than a quality hand crafted Adirondack chair from The Cedar Chair Store. The gently curved back and seat cradle you in blissful comfort. The arm rests are at just the right height, and provide a wide level place to set your drink or a book.

Photo courtesy of one of our customers, Mr. McManus.

Photo courtesy of one of our customers, Mr. McManus.

Whether enjoying a gentle spring breeze in a quiet corner of your garden, or relaxing with family and friends, our Adirondack chairs and patio furniture are sure to provide years of enjoyment and comfort.

You have many options available when choosing patio furniture. Home centers and mass merchandisers carry a vast selection of plastic and metal chairs and tables, as well as cheaply made imported wooden furniture and Adirondack chairs.

You can take pride in owning a quality piece of solid wood furniture handmade in America. Our Adirondack furniture is built to high quality standards using Western red cedar grown and harvested from conscientiously managed forests in Washington State and Idaho. Your purchase will provide for the livelihood of American families.  From locally grown and milled lumber, to locally sourced fasteners, and packaging, every dollar will support the U.S. economy.

Join our growing list of satisfied customers. We will be happy to build an Adirondack chair or table for you today.

Get A Stepladder

Okay, this one is just a quick rant.  Let me just say, Do Not Use Your Chairs as Step Stools, Ladders, Jungle Gyms, etc.  Seriously.  One of my nephews apparently saw fit to use Grandpas chair to stand on while getting something down in the garage.  This would have been fine had he only stood in the seat, however, standing on the arm rest is not a good idea.  As the name implies, they are to rest your arms on while you sit down, or maybe set a drink on.  They are not made to stand on or sit on.  Just so you know right up front, I will not warranty this kind of damage, and odds are, you might fall and hurt yourself.  Do Not Sit or Stand on the Arm Rests of Your Chairs or Benches.

Thanks!

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