DIY: Building an Adirondack Chair From Old Skis

A popular staple at many ski resorts, the Adirondack ski-chair makes a comfy place to perch and a pretty cool conversation piece. With some thrift shop hunting or garage rustling, old skis get new life with this great DIY project.

Download the supplies list and cut sheet and get started: DIY Adirondack Ski Chair Cut Sheet.

Tools and Materials

  • One 2 x 8 8-ft. board
  • Two 2 x 4 8-ft. boards
  • Small box of 3-inch screws
  • Small box of 1.5-inch screws
  • Wood glue
  • Angle Grinder with cutoff wheel
  • Jigsaw with metal and wood blade
  • Handsaw or chop saw
  • Old skis and/or snowboards
  • Safety goggles and gloves

Step 1: Make Your Cuts

An easy way to approach this project is to use an Adirondack chair as a model. We used a pre-built chair and masked out our cuts using masking tape and construction paper. If you don’t have an Adirondack chair, no problem. Let your imagination run wild and make your own thing. The focus of the chair is in the angles; that’s what makes an Adirondack chair so comfortable. Refer to the cut sheet below for the angles we used.

Instructions on making a DIY Ski and Snowboard Adirondack Chair

Step 2: Build Your Frame

We started by attaching the wide support back legs to small front support legs. Make sure you watch the angles on the front support legs. We went with a 77-degree angle on both of our front legs at 22…

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