How to Build an Outdoor Chair

This step by step diy project is about how to build an outdoor chair. If you want to learn more about building a wooden chair for your backyard, pay attention to this project. This garden chair is ideal for a patio or deck and it is easy to build, so that any diy-er can get the job done in a few hours. Make sure you smooth all the edges and apply a few coats of paint or stain to protect the components.

You should always plan everything from the very beginning, in order to prevent costly mistakes and to save time. In most of the cases, you need a friend to give you a hand when assembling the wood outdoor chair. Invest in high quality lumber and plywood, as the components will be exposed to bad weather. Protect the components with appropriate paint or stain.

There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tools when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure.

 

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How to Build an Outdoor Chair

Building an outdoor chair

Building an outdoor chair

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 18″ long, 2 pieces – 22″ long SEAT FRAME
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 23″ long, 2 pieces – 24″ long LEGS
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 21 3/4″ long SUPPORTS
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long BACKREST SUPPORT
  • E – 3 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 23 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 22″ long, 5 pieces – 19″ long SLATS
  • F – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 22 1/4″ long ARMREST

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
  • Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws

 

Time

  • One Day

 

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Building an outdoor chair – Free Plans

Building the side legs

Building the side legs

 

The first step of the project is to build the legs for the outdoor chair. Cut both ends of the back legs at 75 degrees. Smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper and remove the residues. Attach the top support to the legs, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 2 1/2′ screws. Add glue to the joints.

 

Building the seat frame

Building the seat frame

 

Build the frame of the seat out of 2×4 lumber. Cut one end of the side supports at 75 degrees. Drill pilot holes through the front and back components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the side supports. Add glue to the joints to create rigid joints. Make sure the edges are flush before inserting the screws.

 

Assembling the outdoor chair

Assembling the outdoor chair

 

Attach the seat frame to the sides, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the frame and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. Make sure the corners are square and check if the legs are perfectly plumb.

 

Building the backrest support

Building the backrest support

 

Build the supports for the backrest out of 2×4 lumber. Round one corner of the supports using a jigsaw. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper.

 

Fitting the backrest supports

Fitting the backrest supports

 

Attach the backrest supports to the garden chair. Align everything with attention and secure the backrest supports to the seat frame and to the armrests supports using 2 1/2″ screws.

 

Building the backrest

Building the backrest

 

Attach the 1×4 slats to the backrest supports. Place a piece of 1/2″ wood block between the slats, to create even gaps. Use 1 1/4″ screws to lock the slats into place.

 

Attaching the seat slats

Attaching the seat slats

 

Fit the 1×4 slats to the seat frame, as described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes though the slats and insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock the slats into place. Leave 1/2″ between the slats for a professional result.

 

Fitting the armrest

Fitting the armrest

 

One of the last step of the project is to attach the 1×4 armrest to the wooden chair. Round one end of the armrests using a jigsaw. Smooth the cut edges with 120-grit sandpaper. Use 1 1/4″ screws to lock the components to the supports.

 

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Outdoor-chair-plans

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours. Check if there are protruding screws and fix this issue, if necessary.

Smart Tip: Apply a few coats of stain or exterior paint to the components, in order to protect them from decay and water damage. Check out the rest of the projects to see more alternatives. 

 

 

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