Magazine article Sunset

A Footrest for Sunset's Classic Lawn Chair

Magazine article Sunset

A Footrest for Sunset's Classic Lawn Chair

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In July 1981, in an article titled "The cair that won the West," we showed you how to build an Adirondack chair like the one above.

The Cypress Center, a nonprofit business employing mentally handicapped adults in Fort Bragg, California, adapted the design to produce mail-order kits. The center also developed a design for a compatible footrest which we show here.

You can make the footrest out of any wood to match the chair; the set shown above is painted pine. The footrest took about 4 hours to build and cost under $20. To build the footrest, you ll need: * 2 feet of 1-by-6 * 7 feet of 1-by-4 * 7-1/4 feet of 1-by-3 * 36 1-1/4-inch #10 flat-head woodscrews

You'll also need a saber or coping saw, a drill with a 1-1/4-inch #8 screw pilot, wood glue, sandpaper, a rasp, and paint or stain for finishing.

Cutting the wood. Using the diagram, make templates for the side rails and feet. On the 1-by-6, trace the outline for two side rails. On the 1-by-4, trace the two feet. Cut ot the pieces.

Also from the 1-by-4, cut two 14-inch lengths for the legs and noe 23-inch length for the back brace. From the 1-by-3, cut four 21-1/2-inch lengths for the top slats. …

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