If you want to learn more about how to build a 2×4 outdoor chair, make sure you take a look over this article. I designed this outdoor chair so you can get the job done in a few hours using just 2x4s. In addition, making a few of these chairs will represent a bold statement for modernity. You could easily adjust the size of the chair and make it into a bench.
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 bench. Invest in high quality materials, such as cedar, pine or redwood, as the bench will be exposed to all kinds of weather. Apply a few coats of paint over the components, to enhance their appearance and to protect them from bad weather.
Outdoor Chair Plans
- 1 – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 14 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 22 3/4″ long LEGS
- 2 – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 20 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 14 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
- 3 – 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 17 1/2″ long SEAT
- 4 – 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 18″ long BACKREST
- One day
Building a 2×4 patio chair
First of all, you need to build the front and the back legs for the chair from 2×4 lumber. Take accurate measurements and cut the legs at the right dimensions. Smooth the edges with sandpaper for a professional result.
Continue the project by building the supports for the seat. Cut one end of the support at 82 degrees.
Fit the seat supports to the side legs. Drill pilot holes at both ends of the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. Add waterproof glue to the joints to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
Fit the 2×4 support to the front of the chair. Drill pilot holes at both ends and secure it to the side supports with 2 1/2″ screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints.
Fit the 2×4 slats to the seat of the chair. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the supports. Countersink the head of the screws for a professional result.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the backrest support and secure it to the back legs with 2 1/2″ pocket screws. Align the edges flush for a professional result.
Build the backrest from 2×4 lumber. Drill pocket holes along the edges and secure them together with 2 1/2″ pocket screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints and clamp them together for a few hours. Align the edges flush.
Fit the backrest to the back of the chair. Align everything with attention. Drill pilot holes through the backrest supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the backrest. Add waterproof glue to the joints for a professional result.
The chair seen from the back has a very nice and modern design. Double check if all the joints are rigid and durable.
One of the last steps of the project is to take care of the finishing touches. Smooth the edges and the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with sandpaper. Apply a few coats of stain and then seal everything with spar varnish!
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. With this 2×4 chair you can easily create a super nice relaxation area in your backyard. Just make a few chairs and a small patio table and you are done!
PRO TIP: Apply several coats of paint or stain over the components, in order to protect them from decay. Check out the rest of the project to learn more about building garden projects.
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