This step by step woodworking project is about how to build a garden chair plans. This article features detailed instructions for building a beautiful garden chair. The best part of this project is that you can build the outdoor chair in just a weekend. I have designed the plans to keep the expenditures under control and to involve the least amount of work possible. This is the matching chair that should fit perfectly the double chair bench project. If you want to build a project for your front porch this is the one that should be on top of your list.
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 garden chair 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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How to Build a Garden Chair
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- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 23″ long, 2 pieces – 24 3/4″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 21 3/4″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 22 1/4″ long ARMRESTS
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 22″ long, 2 pieces – 18″ long FRAME
- E – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 22″ long SEAT
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long BACKREST SUPPORTS
- G – 5 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 19″ long BACKREST
- 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 3 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- filler, stain
- protective finish
- paint brushes
How to build a garden chair
The first step of the project is to build the legs for the garden chair out of 2×4 lumber. Cut both ends of the back legs at 75 degrees by using a miter saw. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper, to get a professional result.
Cut the back legs using the information from the diagram. Take accurate measurements for a professional result. The easiest way to get accurate angle cuts is by using a miter saw.
Next, attach the top support to the legs, as described in the diagram. Cut one end of the supports at 75 degrees and lock them to the legs using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure there are no gaps between the components. Make sure the corners are square when attaching the supports.
Build the seat frame out of 2×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions, using the information described in the diagram. Cut one end of the supports at 75 degrees. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly.
Fit the seat frame to the sides of the garden chair. Drill pilot holes through the frame and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. Use a square to make sure the corners are right-angled. Use a spirit level to make sure the legs are plumb and to check if the seat frame is horizontal.
Build the backrest supports out of 2×4 lumber. Round one corner and smooth the edges with sandpaper. Use any curved shape you find in your shop to draw the line. Anything starting with a can up to a paper tape roll should work perfectly.
Fit the supports to the back of the chair, as described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and secure the supports to the frame using 2 1/2″ screws. Use galvanized screws, as the chair will most likely be exposed to the elements.
Fit 1×4 or 2×4 slats to the seat frame. Place a 1/2″ wood block between the slats to create consistent gaps. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws for the 1×4 slats and 2 1/2″ screws for the 2×4 slats.
Continue the project by fitting 1×4 or 2×4 slats to the backrest supports. Place a 1/2″ spacer between the slats to create even gaps. Drill pilot holes before inserting the galvanized screws to prevent the wood from splitting.
One of the last steps of the project is to build the armrests and to attach them into place. Round one end of the armrests using a jigsaw and smooth the edges with sandpaper. Use glue and 2″ brad nails to secure the armrests to the outdoor chair.
This is a sturdy chair, so you don’t have to worry about that when choosing the right design for you. In addition, the square lines and the minimalist look will make it an elegant addition to any patio or deck. If you liked this project, don’t forget to take a look over the double chair with table project.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper. In addition, you can use a router to round some of the exposed edges for some extra appeal.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the wooden garden chair from decay, I recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.
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