John's Story

Handcrafted. Local. Real.


The Magic of Western Red Cedar


Building Furniture,

Building Communities.


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John Lachance’s love of woodworking started at the age of seven with a hammer, a bag of nails, and a treehouse.  Over the next five decades his passion and proficiency in woodworking grew in equal measure.  Acorn Woodworks is the culmination of that passion. 


Today, Acorn builds exceptional, handcrafted, locally-made, and sustainably-produced Adirondack-inspired outdoor furniture using the finest materials and classic woodworking techniques.   Our product line includes:

  • A full line of chairs, benches, footrests, and tables built in the classic Adirondack style. 

  • A complete line of Garden Furniture including garden chairs, director chairs, benches, swings, coolers and tables. 

  • A Kids Furniture line including children’s chairs, benches, rockers and tables.

Happiness³.  We are driven by a passion for woodworking and the pursuit of happiness to the third power … happiness for our customers, happiness for our team, and happiness for the individuals we help through our Charitable Giving Program.


We haven’t met our expectations, until we’ve exceeded yours. All of our furniture is backed by our “Pure Happiness” guarantee.  If for any reason you're not happy, we’ll repair it, replace it or refund your money, no questions asked. 



Acorn places great importance on our environment and on our community, with an eye toward an even better community. We strive to be the company that is trusted by its customers, not just for the products we produce, but for the way in which we respect the earth’s resources, environment, and inhabitants. With that in mind, we undertake a variety of initiatives to build beautiful furniture while treading lightly on our planet.


Acorn uses western red cedar exclusively.  Why western red cedar?  It's an amazing, renewable resource that is ideal for outdoor furniture. With its unsurpassed natural beauty, aromatic fragrance and a natural resistance to rot and decay, it is the perfect choice for our Adirondack-inspired furniture.


Western red cedar is:

  • Sourced from the most sustainably-managed forests in the world.

  • Light and strong.  At 60% the weight of oak, it has 80% of oak’s strength.

  • Rot resistant.  Naturally-occurring chemical compounds provide resistance to rot and decay and provides a natural deterrent to wood-damaging insects.

  • Cool in hot weather.  Its cellular structure makes it a natural insulator.  Unlike metal or composite outdoor furniture, cedar will stay cool even on hot, sunny days.

  • Resistant to dimensional changes such as cupping, cracking, and splitting due to fluctuations in heat and humidity.


In addition to only using materials that are sustainably produced, Acorn is committed to our environment:


  • 25% of our electricity is generated from solar power.

  • We recycle any metal, plastic, paper and corrugate we generate.

  • We compost 100% of the sawdust we create.

  • 100% of our “cutoffs” are repurposed into fire-starters.

  • We never use toxic chemically treated lumber (pressure-treated lumber).

  • We never use HDPE (high-density polyethylene) a.k.a. plastic lumber.

Learn more about cedar at “Cedar Green Facts” in the video below:


Building Furniture,

 Building Communities 

What started off as a passion for woodworking has morphed into a passion with purpose.  Acorn Woodworks is committed to strengthening our community and will donate 100% of our year-end profits to local charities. Among the intended recipients are the organizations featured below.

Hulburt Johnson
Friendship House

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I order and pay for my order online?

Yes, you may use the shopping cart feature in the upper right corner of the website to purchase your furniture. You are always welcome to contact us directly with specific questions and place your order over the phone.

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, we accept Discover, Mastercard, Visa, and American Express credit cards.

How does my furniture ship?

We ship our items semi-assembled with FedEx. The standard semi-assembled Classic Adirondack Chair will ship in a box that measures 36” X 24” X 12”. All hardware and adhesives are included along with instructions for easy assembly.

How much assembly is required?

Everything is pre-drilled and ready to assemble. The seat section and the back are fully assembled. It is a matter of attaching the front legs, the back, the back supports and the arms. It usually takes 20-40 minutes depending on your skill level. Always follow the instructions, and if unsure, do a dry fit without the adhesive. By doing this you can make sure everything is correctly aligned.

How long before I receive my furniture?

We usually ship within 7-10 business days from the time of your order. Transit time depends on the distance it travels, but usually no more than 5 working days within the 48 contiguous states.

What does a standard Adirondack weigh and what are the dimensions?

Our classic Adirondack chair weighs 28 lbs. The shipping weight including the packaging is 32 lbs. The assembled dimensions are: 38” H X 30” W X 36” D. It ships semi-assembled in a 36” X 24” X 12” box.

Are parts of chairs interchangeable if I have ordered more than one chair?

No. Every chair is fully assembled in our shop, goes through a series of quality checks and is then disassembled, boxed and shipped. It is important to use all of the parts from one box on that chair to ensure proper alignment.

What is the benefit of Western red cedar?

It's an amazing, renewable resource that is ideal for outdoor furniture. With its unsurpassed natural beauty, aromatic fragrance, and a natural resistance to rot and decay, it is the perfect choice for our Adirondack-inspired furniture.

What if I don’t stain or paint the furniture?

Left natural in its unfinished state, Western red cedar will gradually weather to a silver-grey color. The grain will become a bit more prominent over time.

How do I treat mildew appearing on my natural cedar furniture?

If your furniture has been in a particularly damp or shady spot, it may get some mildew spotting. This can be treated with a 10% bleach/90% water solution in a spray bottle. Spray the furniture and leave to soak for 15–20 minutes. Then rinse with fresh water from a hose and let it dry. If it does not fade completely within 15–20 minutes, leave it to soak a little longer or spray a little more of the bleach solution in the stubborn areas. Always make sure to rinse thoroughly afterwards.

How much do you charge for shipping?

Shipping costs vary based on the destination. Please contact us and we’ll get a quote from FedEx for your specific location.

How can I find out about your new products?

By checking our website, we update it frequently.

What if I want to learn about distributing your furniture?

Contact us by phone or email and we will send you details about becoming a distributor of our products.


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