Building a rustic wooden chair step by step with simple hand tools.Shown is how to take a Birch tree and make a strong, long lasting chair,with many ideas to finish it with,I will cover that here later.That is why just the frame of the chair right now no seat or seat back yet.

Step 1: Wood and Tools You Need

Wood needed-  I used one tall, fairly straight, Birch tree about 25 feet of wood from 1-1/2 inches wide to 4-1/2 inches wide.You could use two or three small trees of any kind about the same width.
                          cut into
Ten- 14 inch long by 1 -1/2 inch  or so wide 
Two- 2 foot long by 2 to 3 inches or so wide
Two- 4 foot long by 3 to 4 inches or so wide
all widths and lengths are approximate
Tools needed-
 Drill ,battery power shown but a hand cranked Brace  will work
1 inch Forstner style drill bit- [any 1 inch drill bit will work but a Forstner works best]
1 inch Tenon Cutter- [ Veritus 1 inch Tenon Cutter is what I have]
Glue  - [the wood glue has less fumes but I find Original Gorilla Glue on damp wood holds best over time]
Sponge   -slightly damp if using Original Gorilla Glue
Sanding block  - my sanding block is made from a belt sander belt [package of 8 pieces] then cut a board so the  sanding belt fit around a 1/2 inch wide block of wood .
  20 screws ,3 inch long Wood Screws are best but any length, as long as, or longer than 2 inches should work.  [if you haven't tried the square head screws try them now they work great].
If you use screws you need a pilot hole drill bit [it keeps the wood from splitting] a counter sinking pilot hole drill bit is shown here [meaning when finished the screws head is countersunk or deep in the wood where you don't see it].
Drive bit [try the square headed driver bit it holds screws on the bit better and wont strip out the head as easy].


<p>when I was a wee bairn...(a while back)... We had similar chairs that were a little more delicate looking but had a twisted wire tensioning applied diagonally between the joints. They were made in the 1920's and still hadn't started creaking as of the 1970's so I'm thinking that was a good idea. But I think your diagonal cross bracing would give similar structure only without the actual tensioning.</p>
I ADORE mortise and tenon furniture, and I especially love working with driftwood.<br><br>Great Ible... Thanks for sharing!!!<br><br>

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