DIY Outdoor Chair




About: Hey! This is Molly and Dylan from the YouTube Channel Woodbrew:) We are 20 year old makers, entrepreneurs, and content creators. Happy building!

We are continuing on with our DIY outdoor furniture series! This post is allll about how we built our cute lil lounge chair!

You can get all the measurement and detailed set of plans here!


- (3) 1 1/4 x 3 1/2 pine boards

- (1) 24" x 4' project panel

- trim head screws

- pocket holes screws

- Finish ( We used this from Total Boat: )

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Step 1: Cut Down Material

First thing is cutting down our 1 1/8 x 3 1/2 boards to length for the legs of the chair.

Now, we can cut down our project panel for the seat. We had just enough for both the bottom and back of the seat, so no screw ups here. We need to make angled cuts along the edges for a comfortable seating position. All of these angles and measurements are in the set of plans we have available HERE. Lots and lots of geometry went into this build lol.

Now with the same 1 1/8 x 3 1/2 material as we used for the legs, we need to cut these boards at the same angles as the back, so we can sandwich the back of the seat panel in-between to keep it in place. We also need another piece so the bottom of the seat can sit flush with the front and be screwed into. I know it’s a lot right now, it’ll make sense when we start assembling I promise!

Step 2: Put Together the Legs

Now it’s time to put together the legs. They are in this rectangle shape and then we will tie the 2 of them together.

To do that, we are taking the same material as the legs and drilling pocket holes in both ends in 3 boards. One board for the back, one board for the front, and then one on the bottom, it’s just flipped upside down so we can reach it.

Step 3: Attaching the Back of the Seat

Remember the sandwich idea? Here’s how we are doing that. The bigger of the 3 angled pieces we cut, gets screwed onto the front of the back piece of the seat. Then, the other strip that matches the same angle for the back gets screwed down to the bottom stretcher of the chair, flush to the back. Then, slide the back piece into place, and drill straight down into the board we screwed to the front to the bottom stretcher. Screw down.

Step 4: Attaching the Bottom of the Seat

We need the bottom of the seat to be flush with the front, so we measured and marked a line where this strip needs to be to make all that happen. We lined it up, clamped it down and screwed it in.

The back also gets screwed down to the back stretcher. The bottom piece is super simple, just by a few screws into the board attached to the back piece and into the piece up at the front underneath the bottom.

Step 5: Finishing

Just a few more things, filling in all the holes with wood filler, sanding them down, and finish. Here's a link to the finish we used:

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We also added feet to the bottom, so water won’t be an issue.

Step 6: DONE!

This lil outdoor space is coming together, slowly, but surely. The next piece to go in here is the coffee table we designed in SketchUp in our last video, so stay tuned. Thank you for reading, we hope you enjoyed!



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    8 Discussions


    12 hours ago on Introduction

    Your instructions provided a link as to the angles and measurements needed to make this project. The link was entitled "HERE". When I clicked the "HERE" link, nothing happened. So I really don't have much to go on to make this chair. Sorry.

    Rock Guy

    Tip 19 hours ago

    I hate to pour cold water on this project...
    While it is a very beautiful design, it is also very dangerously assembled. The use of butt-joints, (the weakest method of attaching boards), pocket-screws without glue, and thin soft pine wood is a recipe for disaster. I would not recommend constructing this chair as described.

    At the very least I would increase board thickness to a minimum 1-and-three-quarters inches, use the highest quality of pocket screws you can find along with wood glue (glue-and-screw), use a hard wood like oak or maple, and consider dovetail joints or splined-joints for the rectangular arm/leg pieces.


    Question 2 days ago on Step 3

    I want to download this and I verify my email but still don't seem to be able to download the plans to make the chair.


    12 days ago

    I'm loving all the furniture y'all are making! It's gorgeous.

    1 reply

    Question 10 days ago

    Can we see a list of required tools? I can see the screwdriver attachment that I'm not familiar with. The boxes for the arms, I'm confused on the exact assembly. It looks like the back verticals go in between the horizontals and the front vertical goes under the horizontal at the top and in front of the bottom horizontal. I need that to be cleared up for me. Also, I click on the link for measurements and detailed set of plans and nothing happens.

    1 answer

    Answer 8 days ago

    • miter saw/circular saw
    • table saw if you have it, circular saw will work just fine
    • pocket hole jig
    • drill/driver
    • clamps

    For the legs, it's kind of hard to explain it in words. There's a video at the top that shows the process! We are still working on the plans, they will be up this week!


    8 days ago

    Looks great, but I am too stupid to find the measurements and detailed set of plans.