If you want to learn more about free outdoor chair plans, you have to take a close look over the instructions described in the article. This project is a guest post from my good friend Julian. You can find a large collection of free outdoor plans at his blog: MyOutdoorPlans.com. I really like his style and the level of detail all his project have, so see here one of the biggest diy site on the internet.
This garden chair is built entirely out of 2×4 lumber, so it requires few materials and woodworking skills. If you want to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to plan everything with attention, as to prevent costly mistakes and to build a professional garden chair. Invest in high quality materials, such as cedar, pine or redwood, as the bench will be exposed to all kinds of weather.
Outdoor Chair Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ LEGS
- B – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 21 3/4″ SUPPORTS
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 22″, 2 pieces – 18″ FRAME
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ BACKREST SUPPORTS
- E – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 22″ SEAT
- F – 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 19″ BACKREST
- G – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 22 1/4″ ARMRESTS
- Hammer, Tape measure, Carpentry square
- Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander, Router
- Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses, Respiratory Mask
- One day
How to build an outdoor chair
The first step of the project is to build the legs for the chair. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to cut both ends of 2×4 pieces at 75 degrees. Smooth the edges with 120-grit sandpaper, after making the cuts.
After building the legs for the outdoor chair you need to lock them to the 2×4 supports. Cut one end of the supports at 75 degrees. Round the exposed corner of the support using a jigsaw and smooth the edges.
Next, you need to assemble the frame for the outdoor chair out of 2×4 lumber. Cut one end of the side supports at 75 degrees. Align the edges with attention, making sure the corners are right-angled. Add glue to the joints and insert 2 1/2″ screws through the front and back supports. Drill pilot holes, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Next, you need to attach the seat frame to the sides. Make sure the sides are plumb and check if the seat frame is horizontal. Clamp everything together tightly and insert 2 1/2″ screws to create rigid joints. Leave no gaps between the components.
Build the backrest supports out of 2×4 lumber. Round the exposed corner and smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Attach the supports to the frame of the outdoor chair. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the seat frame and into the armrests supports. Align everything with attention before inserting the screws.
Fit the 2×4 slats to the frame of the chair. Place the slats equally-spaced and lock them into place tightly. Drill pilot holes through the slats and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the frame. Place a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the slats to create equal gaps.
Continue the project by attaching the 2×4 slats to the back of the supports. Place the slats equally-spaced and secure them to the supports using 2 1/2″ screws. Pre-drill the components to prevent the wood from splitting. You can place a piece of 1/2″ wood between the slats to create equal gaps.
Build the armrest for the outdoor chair out of 2×4 lumber. Round the ends of the armrests using a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper. Use 2 1/2″ screws to secure the armrests to the supports. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, we recommend you to check if the components are locked into place properly and structure is rigid enough for your garden. Make sure there are no protruding screws or sharp edges.
PRO TIP: Fill the holes with a good wood filler and smooth the surface with medium-grit sandpaper. Apply several coats of paint or stain over the components, in order to protect them from decay. Don’t forget to check out my projects and plans at MyOutdoorPlans.com
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