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Tip #61 Build a Lawn/Patio Chair

If you've priced well-designed, 2. Use a shaper head and fence

sturdy, outdoor furniture, then you to radius two edges of the seat
know you'll be well ahead if you supports (B). A 1/2-inch radius is
built it yourself. Our outdoor preferable, but if a router is used, a
furniture plans give you the oppor- smaller radius is acceptable.
tunity to construct durable, easy-to- 3. Transfer the patterns (from
build lawn furniture at a fraction of the plan grid) for back supports (A)
retail prices. And you'll enjoy hour and seat supports (B) to large piece
furniture (and the satisfaction of of paper. Lay the back and seat
having built it yourself) for years to supports on the pattern and mark,
come. cut, drill, dowel and glue at the
We designed the chair to be correct angle to fit your pattern.
very adaptable. With a few dimen- 4. Use a bandsaw or jigsaw to
sion changes, it can easily become a cut the newly created "side" -- back
lounge chair or love seat. If you (A) and seat (B) sub-assembly -- to
change a few more dimensions, you the correct shape. Sand for final
can have a bench/sofa (but you assembly.
must increase the thickness of stock 5. Transfer the pattern for the
for the seat slats to 1-1/8 inches). front legs (C) and the back legs (D)
Our comfortable lawn chair is to paper. Lay the front and back
constructed of number two white legs on the pattern and cut, drill for
pine which we selectively picked. end dowels, and sand for final
Why white pine for an outdoor assembly.
project? Mainly to show you an 6. Drill, dowel, and glue the
alternative to the more expensive legs (C & D) to the side sub-
weather-resistant woods. Our chair assemblies at the proper angles
is treated with a transparent pen- according to the pattern.
etrating oil stain that's especially 7. Attach the side/leg assem-
formulated for exterior use. Better blies to the spreaders (E) with 3/8-
quality stains contain additives that inch dowels (G) and glue. Use extra
repel water, resist mildew, and care at this stage to insure
protect wood from the sun. squareness.
For outdoor projects, you're 8. Attach slats (F) to the back
still better off paying extra and supports (A) with screws (H). Use
choosing a good weather-resistant a 1/2-inch wood block to space
wood, such a redwood, cedar, oak, slats parallel and at 1/2-inch inter-
teak, or even pressure-treated vals.
1. Cut all the stock to size
according to the List of Materials.
(Make your size adjustment now if
you're building a variation of our
chair.) Care should be taken to
avoid knots, especially when using
treated lumber.
List of Materials
Finished dimensions in inches
A Back supports (2) 3/4 x 6 x 28
B Seat supports (2) 3/4 x 6 x 21
C Front legs (2) 3/4 x 3-1/2 x 14
D Back legs (2) 3/4 x 3-1/2 x 12
E Spreaders (2) 3/4 x 3 x 18
F Slats (20) 3/4 x 2-1/4 x 22
G Dowel Pins (26) 3/8 dia. x 1-1/2
H Screws (40) #8 x 1-1/4 Flat Head Wood Screws