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6 DIY Adirondack Rocking Chair Plans You Can Make Today


Adirondack chairs are popular projects because they result in one of the most comfortable chairs a woodworker can build. It makes sense to take comfort further by adding the rocking mechanism, especially since the legs on Adirondack chairs are positioned to hold the rockers.

We have searched the web to find as many free plans to create an Adirondack rocking chair that we could find, and we have listed them here. It’s important to remember that Adirondack chairs and rockers inn general are both considered slightly advanced projects due to the many angles involved.

If you are ready to give one of these projects a try, please continue while we look over six different plans you can use to make an Adirondack rocking chair.

These are the six Adirondack plans we were able to dig up.

1. DIY Plan from bigjc12000 

The bigjc12000 might be considered by some not to be a real rocking chair plan, but we have included it because of the difficulty inherent with these projects, this is one of the few easy ones. This plan makes use of the Adirondack chair’s natural design and simply adds the rockers.

  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Materials: Boards, screws
  • Tools Needed: Saw, screwdriver

2. My Outdoor Plans Adirondack Rocking Chair

The My Outdoor Plans Adirondack Rocking Chair is a moderately difficult project that requires the woodworker to cut a few complex angles. If you’re skilled with angles and take your time, you can make this chair in a day.

  • Skill Level: Moderate
  • Materials: Lumber, screws, wood filler, stain
  • Tools Needed: Saw, screwdriver

3. Amateur Woodworker DIY Plan

The Amateur Woodworker Adirondack Rocking Chair is a two-seater rocker perfectly suited to long morning conversations or for entertaining multiple guests at parties. This project is moderately challenging, and if you are handy making curved cuts with a jigsaw, you might consider it easy. Despite being a two-seater, it’s not that different from a standard design.

  • Skill Level: Moderate
  • Materials: Lumber, screws
  • Tools Needed: Jigsaw, drill, belt-sander

4. Construct 101 Adirondack Rocking Chair

The Construct 101 Adirondack Rocking Chair is an advanced build that requires many angled cuts with a jigsaw or similar tool. If you are handy with these tools, this chair is one of the most comfortable on this list. It’s likely to be a favorite of anyone who sits in it.

  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Materials: Lumber, screws, carriage bolts
  • Tools Needed: Drill, screwdriver, jigsaw

5. Instructables Plan

The Instructables Adirondack Rocking Chair is an advanced project that required cutting angles with high-end tools like the table saw. The instructions are easy to follow. You can check your progress on each step by comparing your work to a photograph.

  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Materials: Lumber, screws, wood-glue
  • Tools Needed: Table-Saw, screwdriver, clamps

6. Wood Archivist Rocking Chair Plan

The Wood Archivist Adirondack Rocking Chair is an advanced build that results in a stunning piece of furniture if you are successful. One of the biggest challenges of this project is following the instructions, which are not set-up for internet viewing, but if you can get past that hurdle, it’s not too hard. There are some challenging cuts, and you will want to have access to a table saw and router.

  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Materials: Lumber, screws, wood glue, sandpaper
  • Tools Needed: Table saw, router, sander


We hope you have enjoyed reading over these projects with us and have found something you would like to try. If you haven’t built an Adirondack chair or a rocker yet, we highly recommend trying one of the first few plans before attempting the more advanced plans at the end. If you have the experience, the advanced plans result in a top-quality rocker the guests will fight over.

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