This step by step diy woodworking project is about lawn chair plans. If you want to build a nice chair for your garden we recommend you to pay attention to this article, as well as to the rest of the furniture projects. Plan everything from the very beginning and make sure you tackle every aspect of the project, in order to keep the costs under control and to get a professional result.
There are many things that you should take into account if you want to keep the costs under control and to prevent mistakes. If you don’t have enough experience in the woodworking field you could ask a skilled friend to give you a hand and assist you through the venture. Invest in weather-resistant lumber, as the chair will be exposed to harsh conditions. Cedar, redwood or pine are good choices, so make sure the slats are perfectly straight and in a great condition.
Building a lawn chair
- 1 – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 19 3/4″, 2 pieces – 21 3/4″ LEGS
- 2 – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 24 1/4”, 4 pieces – 20 1/4″ BRACES
- 3 – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 19″ FRAME
- 4 – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber -28 3/4″ SUPPORTS
- 5 – 2 pieces of 1×1 lumber – 23 1/2″ CLEATS
- 6 – 5 pieces of 1×3 – 19″, 8 pieces of 1×3 – 16″ SLATS
- 7 – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 19 1/4″ ARMRESTS
- One day
Lawn chair plans
The first step of the project is to build the sides of the lawn chair. As you can easily notice in the plans, we recommend you to build the components out of 2×4 lumber, making sure you cut the ends at the proper angle. Align the components properly, drill pilot holes and lock them together with galvanized screws and waterproof glue.
The next step of the project is to attach the back rest supports to the frame of the chair. As you can see in the image, we recommend you to adjust the slope of the back rest to suit your needs. Drill pilot holes before securing the supports to the frame with galvanized screws.
Continue the woodworking project by locking the sides of the lawn chair together by installing the seat frame into place. Make sure the frame is 3/4″ offset from the top of the braces, otherwise you won’t be able to attach the slats in a professional manner.
You can see this step from a different angle, in order to get an idea about what it takes to get a professional result. Attach the 1×1 cleats on both sides of the seat frame, as shown in the lawn chair plans. Adjust the size of the chair according to your needs.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach the slats to the seat and to the back support of the chair. Make sure you leave about 1/4″ between the slats, in order to get a proper water drainage. Countersink the head of the screws before driving them into the supports.
Attaching the armrests into place is a straight-forward job if you have reached this stage without much trouble. Cut the components at the right size and lock them into place with finishing nails and waterproof glue. Smooth the edges in order to get a professional result.
Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. Check if the components are secured into place properly and if the frame is rigid. Make sure there are no protruding screws or sharp edges that could injure you.
PRO TIP: Fill the holes with a good wood filler and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper. Apply several coats of paint or stain over the components, in order to protect them from decay.
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