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Can you make Adirondack chairs with composite wood?

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I want to build some Adirondack chairs from composite wood. Would you recommend this? Can it be routered and sanded? Can it be glued and joined together to make wider pieces for the arms? The seat span is about 24"—would that bend in the heat of the summer when someone is sitting on it?

—Mike Foster

Hi Mike,

Building a chair from composite is absolutely doable. In fact, check out this folding/rocking Adirondack where I did just that.

The answers to most of your questions are there in that link, but I do have an addition: not all composites are created equally, and all will glue, cut, and route differently. Do some experimentation with whichever product you choose. Also, select a solid composite, rather then the hollow or jacketed varieties.

Have fun!

Ryan Shervill

Ryan Shervill is a field editor and contributor to Outdoor Canada, as well as an avid hunter and shooter. He is also Canadian Home Workshop’s online Ask a Pro and contributing editor.


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