Of all the traditional forms of outdoor chairs, the venerable Adirondack is probably the most familiar. For many, it symbolizes ease and comfort as well as a certain well-bred serenity available only to those seated in such a chair, gazing at a distant panorama of Eastern mountains. Any dollhouse porch or patio will be enhanced with a miniature version, and its use as a place-card holder on a resort-themed party table is sure to please.
Making a miniature Adirondack chair is a reasonably challenging project for an amateur miniaturist; however, it is possible to find assistance with the work on the Internet. The website, The Art of Dollhouse Miniatures, features helpful illustrations for making an Adirondack chair, including cutting the materials, assembling and finishing the piece. The site offers a free book, which you can print or download.
"How to Make Miniature Furniture" by John Davenport or "Making Miniature Furniture" by Richard and Elizabeth Lyons offer information on making miniature Adirondack chairs. Other up-to-date books on miniatures are published every year.
Having studied the plans from the Internet or from a book or two, gather the tools needed for constructing and finishing the chair. A set of craft knives, needle-nose pliers and a carpenter's square will be helpful. Emery boards are perfect for sanding, while cotton-tipped swabs, toothpicks and spring-loaded clothespins are used by experienced miniaturists for a myriad of functions, including gluing and clamping.
Ordinary craft sticks or coffee stirs may be all you will need for the chairs, though finer woods--appropriate for a stained look--are sold at craft or hobby stores. For an informal setting, paint the Adirondack chair white or dark green, but for an elegant dollhouse use a stained and polished-wax finish. Small artists' brushes, cotton-tipped swabs or stain pens with felt applicators will apply almost any finish. The finest Adirondack chairs were monogrammed with the initials of the estate's owner.
The use of miniature Adirondack chairs as table decor has become popular. The chair lends itself to propping up a place card, tiny envelope or gift. Some hosts use the chairs as photo frames, presenting them to guests as favors. The chairs used in this way may be somewhat larger than the typical miniature Adirondacks, where the scale is usually 1 inch per 1 foot. Decorated with decals, hand painting, initials or flamboyant colors, the chairs create a festive, summertime atmosphere.
- Christine Woolsey: Welcome to Dollhouse Miniature Printables
- "Making Miniature Furniture;" Richard and Elizabeth Lyons; 1999
- "How to Make Miniature Furniture;" John Davenport; 1997