How To Make Modern Outdoor Chairs | DIY Project
Modern outdoor chairs and furniture trends have become global. They give you the chance to actually enjoy yourself sitting outdoor in spring, summer and the fall. The latest and most popular designs include the ones made of wood that is light and clean. Modern outdoor furniture like tables and chairs is a way to relax and enjoy the weather outdoors in comfort. The best thing about modern outdoor furniture is that is a combination of high-quality material along with simply sophisticated designing. This is the kind of thing you MUST HAVE at your houses and it will definitely make you proud to entertain your guests in style!
Furniture can be bought from the shops. No doubt they will even offer you a fair deal. But why not try making some modern outdoor chairs at home? I can guarantee you that it will be more reliable, cost effective and a fun experience. So what’s say? Let us start an adventure then! Let us see how this is done. Before you start any project you obviously need to make preparations for it. Following is a list of all the necessary materials and tools you need to have before you start working.
- a sheet of 1.5" plywood
- 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
- 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
- 1/4″ wide flat reed splints
- Regular office stapler
- 5/8″ brad nails
- Wood glue
- Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
- Sanding Block
- Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
- Wood Shaping tools
- Trimming machinery
- Hand scrapper
- Wood filler
- Screw Driver
- Drilling Machine
- Inch Tape
- Pencil for Marking
- Measuring tape
- Palm sander
- Safety glasses
- Dusk mask
- Nail gun
- Paint brush and sponge
- 1 – 1×3 at 4′
- 1 – scrap of 1×4 at 16″
- 2 – 2×2 at 8′
- 1 – 2×4 at 6′
- 2 – 1″ round dowel rods at 3′
- Two 16.5" pieces of 2x2
- Two 37" pieces of 2x2
- Two 14" pieces of 1x4
- One 14" piece of 1x4 (split this piece lengthwise into two long pieces.)
- 2 – 2×4 at 35″ – Back Legs
- 1 – 2×2 at 16″ – Lower Back Stretcher
- 1 – 1″ round dowel at 16-1/2″ – Back Seat Stretcher
- 2 – 1×3 at 16″ – Back Rest
- 1 – 1×4 at 16″ – Upper Back Rest
- 2 – 2×2 at 18-1/4″ – Front Legs
- 1 – 2×2 at 16″ – Front Stretcher
- 1 – 1″ round dowel at 16-1/2″ – Front Seat Stretcher
- 2 – 2×2 at 16″ – Side Stretchers
- 2 – 1″ round dowels at 16-1/2″ – Side Seat Stretchers
- 1 – 2×2 at 16″ – Center Stretcher
This step demands to assemble the chair. Drill ¼" holes using a 1" Forstner bit into the 16.5" posts then 1 1/6" from the top and then 2 1/3" from the bottom. After you are done drilling the holes, you need to fix the leg support by applying wood glue into the dowel holes.
Cut 3 pieces of 14" 1x4. Also, make a cutting of 12" piece of 1x4 (3 pieces). Cut a 17x17 inch square from the plywood for the seat. Then cut notches out of two of the corners of the board, to make room for the back posts (1.5x1.5 inches preferably).
Screw in the stands from the bottom of the seat. This way the drilling and screw driving can be made easy. Also, the face of the nails can remain downwards not hindering the beauty of the chair.
Glue and insert dowels into the holes at both ends of the left and right stretches. Your chair structure is now complete. All you have to do is set the seat now.
You can easily get a chair pad or chair cushion from the market. Sometimes your known shopkeepers also exchange your old ones for new. Get one of those and have it fixed into the same sized square wooden frame. Sew it over with a nice fabric.
That was all that needed to be had and done for making an excellent outdoor wooden chair. I hope you’ll found it helpful in reading as well as practically. If it was of any help to you, do recommend it to other friends. Hope that you have a fun experience trying to work on this project. Also, please share your feedback.