Garden Chair – Free DIY Plans

This step by step woodworking project is about garden chair plans free. Today I share these simple plans for you to build a nice garden chair. If you are looking for a chair with footrest with a modern design, these plans might come handy. With basic woodworking skills and tools you can get the job done in a few hours. See my other DIY projects HERE.

We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

 

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Garden Chair – Free DIY Plans

Building a garden chair

Building a garden chair

 

Materials

  • A – 4 pieces of 2×3 lumber – 24″ long LEGS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×3 lumber – 22″ long, 3 pieces – 17 3/4″ long SEAT FRAME
  • C – 11 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 39 3/4″ long SEAT
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×3 lumber – 18 1/4″ long, 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 18″ long SUPPORTS
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×3 lumber – 24″ long BACKREST SUPPORTS
  • F – 7 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 19″ long BACKREST 

Tools

Time

  • One Weekend

 

 

Building a garden chair

Building the legs

Building the legs

The first step of the project is to build the legs for the chair. Use 2×3 lumber for the wood pieces. Use a saw to make angle cuts to both ends of the pieces. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper for a professional result.

Assembling the sides of the chair

Assembling the sides of the chair

The next step of the project is to lay the legs on a level surface. Build the top support from 2×3 lumber and make angle cuts at both ends. Align the edges with attention and add glue to the joints. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly.

Building the seat frame

Building the seat frame

The next step of the project is to build the seat frame. Cut all the components from 2×3 lumber at the right dimensions, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the 22″ long components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are square and align everything with attention.

Assembling the frame of the chair

Assembling the frame of the chair

The next step of the project is to attach the legs to the seat frame. Align everything with attention, drill pilot holes through the legs and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the seat frame.

Backrest supports

Backrest supports

Build the backrest supports for the garden chair from 2×3 lumber. Use a jigsaw to round the exposed corner of the support.

Fitting the backrest supports

Fitting the backrest supports

Fit the backrest supports to the frame of the garden chair, as shown in the diagram. Align everything with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the backrest supports into place tightly.

Fitting the seat slats

Fitting the seat slats

Fit the 1×3 slats to the seat of the chair. Place a piece of 1/4″ plywood between the slats to create even gaps. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the slats into place tightly.

Fitting the backrest slats

Fitting the backrest slats

Fit the 1×3 slats to the backrest of the garden chair in the same manner described above.

Fitting the armrests

Fitting the armrests

Use 1×4 lumber for the armrests. Use a jigsaw to make round cuts to the ends. Use 2″ nails to secure the slats into place tightly.

DIY garden chair plans - Side view

DIY garden chair plans – Side view

This chair works best with the matching footrest. If you want a simple diy project for the weekend, but you also want to build a beautiful piece, these plans might be the answer to your needs. See free plans for the footrest HERE.

DIY garden chair plan

DIY garden chair plan

Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain to enhance the look of the project and to protect it from decay. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.

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