This is one of my smaller projects and is pretty simple to build. It has a chunky, modern style and the 2x4 construction makes it very sturdy. Ready to build one? Or, you know, a whole set?
2 - 2x4s @ 10' long
1 - 2x4 @ 8' long
2 1/2” screws (or Kreg Jig & 2 1/2" self tapping screws)
4" screws (or Kreg Jig & 2 1/2" self tapping screws)
2x4 Cut List:
(A) - 2 @ 37 3/4" (back legs)
(B) - 4 @ 10 1/2" (back/front boards)
(C) - 2 @ 16 1/2" (front legs)
(D) - 2 @ 15" (side boards)
(E) - 1 @ 13 1/2" OR 4 scraps cut at 45 degree angles (supports)
(F) - 3 @ 18 1/2" (seat)
(G) - 2 @ 17" (seat sides)
Dimensions: 17 1/2" wide x 37 1/4" tall x 18 1/2" deep
Please read all the directions before beginning, and cut your pieces as you go, measuring before each cut. Use 2 1/2” screws or pocket holes with 2 1/2" screws unless otherwise indicated. Always use glue. Pre-drill and countersink your screws. I have not built from these exact plans, so measure lots to make sure things work out!
Step 1: Build the Back.
You're going to start by building the back section. Grab the two back legs (A) and three of the front/back boards (B). Assemble them as shown below, with the front/back boards running between the legs. The top board should be flush with the top of the legs, the middle board should be spaced 3" down from the top board, and the bottom board should be spaced 10 3/4" down from the middle board (with 13" left underneath). You can attach these using your Kreg Jig and 2 1/2" pocket screws, or by drilling through the legs with 4" screws. Use glue.
Step 2: Build the Front.
Assemble the front legs (C) and the final front back piece (B) as shown below. The front/back piece should be flush with the top of the legs. Attach the same way you did in step 1.
Step 3: Get Connected
Use the side boards (D) to connect the two sections you just built. These boards should be flush with the top of the front section, and line up with the top of the bottom back board. It should be 16 1/2" from the floor to the top of the side boards. I set the side boards in 1/2" from outside edges of the legs (but if you prefer you can leave them flush against the edges). Attach like you did in step 1.
Step 4: Add Supports
There are two ways you can add supports (E) to your chair. The first is to install a board 13 1/2" long across the back of the seat opening. This just gives a little something extra for your seat boards to rest on.
The other option is to cut scrap pieces at 45 degree angles and attach them in all the corners of the seat opening. (This might make the chair a little sturdier, especially if you plan to use thinner boards for seat and want a little more support under them).
Step 5: The Seat
Now you can put on the seat, starting with seat boards (F). These boards should reach into the back opening on the chair, and be flush with the back side of the chair. Attaching these by drilling down through the seat into the supports and front/back boards with 2 1/2" screws and glue.
Then attach the seat side boards. These should be flush against the center seat boards and the back legs of the chair, with some overhang on the front and sides. Attach the same way as the center seat boards. If you have a Kreg Jig, you can attach all the seat boards together side-to-side first, then install that whole section at once. You can even use your Kreg Jig to attach the seat from below so you won't have any holes to fill on the seat.
Step 6: Finishing
Now you can finish your chair. Start by filling any screw holes, then give the whole thing a good sanding to get it nice and smooth. Sanding is so important to you piece looking neat and professional when you are finished! Don't cut corners here! Then finish with any paint or stain (and polyurethane) you want! Try a nice pop of teal or yellow, or a deep, rich stain. Be creative!
That wasn't too bad, right? :) And you'll end up with a very sturdy chair! And they are cheap enough you can afford to make a whole set for your dining room if you want!
Project 2x4 Cost:
$6.40 - 2 2x4s @ 10' long ($3.20 each)
$2.50 - 1 2x4 @ 8' long ($2.50 each)
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