This step by step diy project is about diy outdoor chair plans. I designed this chair so it would match the outdoor sofa plans I already have on the site. If you want to make a nice relaxation area in your backyard, these chairs would be the perfect addition. You only need basic tools and skills to build these chairs, but you will also save a significant amount of money. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Free Outdoor Chair Plans
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- A – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 23 1/2″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 30″ long, 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 2 piece of 2×2 lumber – 33″ long, 1 piece – 24″ long ARMRESTS
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long CLEATS
- E – 5 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 24″ long SEAT
- F – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 24″ long, 5 pieces – 18″ long BACKREST
- 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 10′
- 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of of 2×4 lumber – 4′
- 3 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
- 100 pieces of 2 1/2″ pocket screws
- 50 pieces of 1 1/4″ pocket screws
- 2″ brad nails
- wood glue, stain/paint
- wood filler
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DIY Outdoor Chair Plans
The first step of the project is to build the sides for the outdoor chair. Use 2×6 lumber for the horizontal framing and 2×2 lumber for the legs and for the armrests. Take accurate measurements and cut the components at the right dimensions. Drill pocket holes as shown in the diagram and lock everything together tightly with 2 1/2″ screws. Align the edges with attention and make sure the corners are right-angled.
Continue the project by assembling the outdoor chair, by fitting the front support. Cut the 2×6 slat at 24″ and drill pocket holes at both ends. Fit the support into place, align the edges and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are right-angled.
Continue the project by fitting the support to the back of the diy outdoor chair, as well as the support for the backrest. Drill pocket holes and secure the components into place with 2 1/2″ pocket screws.
Next, you need to attach the 2×4 cleats to the frame of the chair. These cleats will hold the support slats for the seat cushion. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the cleats and secure them to the sides with 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the edges are perfectly aligned.
Build the backrest for the outdoor chair from 1×4 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the vertical slats and insert 1 1/4″ pocket screws to lock them into place. Add waterproof glue to the joints for a better bond between the components.
Fit the backrest to the frame of the chair. Align the backrest with attention and secure it to the back support and to the cleat using 2″ brad nails or 1 1/4″ screws. If you use screws, drill pilot holes to prevent the wood from splitting.
Continue the diy patio project by attaching the 1×4 slats to the cleats. Place the support slats equally spaced, so they will hold the weight in a professional manner. Drill pilot holes at both ends of the slats and secure them into place with 1 1/4″ screws.
Now that you have assembled the patio chair, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the pocket holes with plugs and fill the dents with woo putty. Smooth everything with 120-220 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth. Apply a few coats of stain and then seal everything with spar varnish, to protect the wood from the elements.
Fit the right cushions to the outdoor chair and enjoy its comfort. Don’t forget to take a look over the matching outdoor sofa plans, so you can create a retreat area in your backyard. I have also designed a lot of side tables, so choose the design that you find most appropriate for your needs.
This wooden chair would look best on a deck or backyard patio. It is sturdy and very inexpensive to build and all you need are a few tools and some cuts. If you build these, I would love to see your project.
This woodworking project was about free outdoor chair plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.