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How to Make Lawn Chairs Step By Step Process For 2018

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Spending quality time outdoors is excellent especially if you have the right outdoor furniture on your lawn. You need to have a comfortable lawn chair that is also attractive. You don't need to buy readymade lawn chairs if you are conversant with woodworking DIY projects.

You can save much when you make lawn chairs at home. Making these custom lawn chairs is simple even if you are a beginner. This article covers a step by step guide to help you make the best lawn chair.

We are going to make a lawn chair that is 16 inches high and 22 inches space between the armrests. The seat has a back reclined at an angle to provide you with a comfortable seating position when you are relaxing or sipping some coffee. Let us now get into details of How to Make Lawn Chairs

  • Table saw or circular saw
  • Miter saw (12 inches)
  • Drill
  • Impact driver
  • Jigsaw
  • Carpenters square
  • Clamps
  • Respirator mask
  • Other things you need include a tape measure, pencil, straight edge, protection for the eyes, ears

Supplies Required

  • 2 by4 Boards
  • 1by4 Boards
  • 2 by6 Board
  • 1 used cedar or rosewood
  • 1by 6 Board
  • Wood Putty
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood Screws
  • Wood Glue

Make Lawn Chairs

The first thing you need to do for this project is to make front legs. You can make cuts using a miter saw. You need to measure up from the bottom and then mark. Again, measure up 4.5 inches and mark and then measure back 1.5 inches. It gives a notch where a 2x6 board will connect the front legs. Note that the board measures 1.5 inches thick and 5.5 inches wide.

With the help of a jigsaw, cut out the notches. Next, connect the 2x6 board to every front leg. Place it well in the notch line up everything using a carpenters square. If you do not want your wood to split, always pre-drill. Apply wood glue at the joints and then screw everything.

Chair armrest supports

To have a flat working surface, flip the chair upside down. Using wood glue and about 3 screws for every side, attach the armrests to the front legs.

Rear Legs

The next thing is to make the rear legs. For this project, the angle cut for the rear legs and the support is 15 degrees. However, you can cut the armrest back and the backrest top at different aspects.

Hold the legs with a clamp to line them up. You can measure 12 inches back from the inner side of the front legs. This is where you need to place the rear legs and line it up such that the angle is flush with the support of the armrest top. You should also ensure that the legs rest uniformly on the ground.

Next, connect the rear legs while measuring straight from the surface of the table. Clamp the support and then attach from the outside with screws and wood glue. Make sure that the support board lower corner is flush with the rear leg front. Orient, the support board at 90 degrees angle to the ground.

Seat support

You can have three seat supports; one in the center and the other two for each end. Because the board front is cut at 90 degrees and le and the other is 15 degrees, join the two outer supports to the legs using screws. Ensure that the board is parallel to the ground and rests evenly on the rear support board.

Backrest supports

Cut the backrest supports and then add them. You can use two of them cut at 15 degrees at each end. If you want to give your chair a rounded over appearance, you can cut two 30 degrees angle on the top. Then, use the board as a template when you are cutting the second backrest so that you can get similar results. Note that these angles are just for appearance.

When you are done with the backrest support, your frame is ready, and you can now add the seat as well as the back wood slats.

Seat and chair back

For the chair back and the seat, you can use 1x4 boards which is ¾ inches thick and 3.5 inches wide. Make the backrest first then the seat. The space between each board should be ¼ inches. You can use a table saw if you want to rid down the width of the boards to fit perfectly. Remember to pre-drill all the time. Start at the front of your seat moving back.

Seat and chair back

For the chair back and the seat, you can use 1x4 boards which is ¾ inches thick and 3.5 inches wide. Make the backrest first then the seat. The space between each board should be ¼ inches. You can use a table saw if you want to rid down the width of the boards to fit perfectly. Remember to pre-drill all the time. Start at the front of your seat moving back.

Shape and armrests

To get an excellent shape, you can round the armrests front, and you can also choose to add paint. For the armrests, you can do 45 degrees angle on the armrest backside. Use a miter saw to cut this angle. Using screws and wood glue, attach the armrests from the top side.

Fill the screws with wood putty

Ensure that all the screws and countersunk. Then use wood putty to fill the holes of the screws. If you are not planning to use paint, then look for sustainable wood putty.
Allow the wood putty to dry and then remove it using an orbital sander. Because removing wood putty underneath the armrests can be tough, make sure you do not use much of it in those areas. You can remove the excess with a sander, hand or sand.

​​​​Add finish

Now you have completed making your lawn chair. The next thing you need to do to give it an attractive look by adding some finish of your liking. Brush a couple of coats of your favorite finish and then let it dry.

Final Words

DIY woodworking tasks are fun and easy. If you have the right procedure, you can design your lawn chair from scratch. You do not need any prior woodworking experience to make the chair. If you have the right materials and a comprehensive guide, then you will not have trouble making lawn chairs.
I believe you have found the above guide useful About "How to Make Lawn Chairs". It covers every step you need to follow when making a lawn chair. Follow it the next time you are planning to make lawn chairs, and I hope you will enjoy the outcome.

About the Author Kevin Fox

A passionate blogger! Editor at Chooserly, and a regular author at HuffingtonPost, LifeHacker & Forbes!

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