DIY: How to Build an Adirondack Chair Out of 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 inches high.

building a Ski and Snowboard Adirondack Chair

making a DIY Ski and Snowboard Adirondack Chair

Once the front legs are set, we set the bottom brace for the back support—this created the initial shape of our frame and set the level for the legs (make sure your legs sit flush with the floor before setting your screws).

assembling a DIY Ski and Snowboard Adirondack Chair

Finally, we set the upper back brace with back legs to complete our initial frame for the chair. It should be noted here that it would be wise to grab a helping hand and place your loose cuts in position before setting your screws. This elevates a lot of the guesswork when locking things into place.

making a DIY Ski and Snowboard Adirondack Chair

Step 3: Cut Your Skis

This step is pretty straightforward. If you’ve got the design eye and want to show off your aesthetic chops, measure your ski selections for the back of the chair and varied lengths to create a small arch for the crown.

Use your angle grinder to cut through the ski edge,

making a DIY Ski and Snowboard Adirondack Chair

and your hacksaw or handsaw to cut through the center.

making a DIY Ski and Snowboard Adirondack Chair

Step 4: Put It Together

We used the ski tails to construct the seat of the chair, altering cut direction based on ski shape and thickness, as your seat would be a little tilted if all the cuts were laid and set in the same direction. We started with the front of the seat and worked our way back. We’d recommend loosely setting your back support skis with one screw first, starting in the center and working your way out.

A Ski and Snowboard Adirondack Chair

Now, sit back and relax.

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