DIY Project – Large Garden Chair
From Katie Flower,
I built 2 of the large patio chairs, it took a total of 10 hours including staining and finishing and materials were $175 for both. I used cedar for the slats and standard pine 2 x 4s for the rest.
I always start by cutting all my pieces and labeling them with the letter on your plans. Then I pre-sand each piece and ease the edges with coarse grit on my pad sander. This way once I assemble everything I only have to do finish sanding.
I followed the instructions to a T and was glad to have my jawhorse as an extra set of hands. I put the seat bottom in the jawhorse and clamped a 2×2 to the chair side pieces to rest it on my mark so I could glue and screw it easier, worked out great. When working alone, tricks like this that hold it steady while you line things up are invaluable.
I used 1×6 for the arms and made them a little long to overlap an inch on the back and 2” on the front. I used a Sedona Red stain and three coats of semi gloss spar urethane to protect the chairs and make them beautiful. I love these chairs and the height of the seat is perfect for older folks to get in and out of. They make a nice addition by my pool.