Intro: Garden Chair
Every garden needs some furniture, who would not want to have place where he can rest in his garden. I think that every amateur wood smith starts with easy garden furniture. This chair is made from oak wood identical parts. This is choused for easier assembling the chair, any slat you pick will be the right one. Also if you order precut wood parts you can assemble the chair only with a power drill and a screwdriver. The chair is assembled with wood screws and connector bolts. Instead of wood screws, wood dowel pins can be used, but in that case you will need clamps and glue.
Step 1: Exploded View, Material List and Cutting Diagram
Step 2: Assembling the Seat and Back
First we start assembling the seat and back of the chair.
For insuring distance between slats we can use other parts of the chair, because the distance between slats is their thickness.
If you chose to use wood screws you should drill a hole before screw them.
MIND that the braces on the back are not on the end of the back slats, they are ¾” from the edge.
If you chose to use wood dowel pins, there are two ways of doing it, hidden or not. I think that if you are a beginner it is better to use wood screws because it is easier and you need only power drill and screwdriver.
On the pictures you can see the distances for drilling holes either for wood screws or dowels.
Step 3: Assembling Arms
Now you can start assembling arms.
Again you can choose to use wood screws or dowel pins, but it is better to use the same method as for the seat and back of the chair.
After assembling arms you can attach the legs. Rear leg in this phase is temporary attached because in the same joint you should connect back of the chair. Connector bolt for the front leg is 1⅛” long and for the rear leg is 2” long because in this point we have three parts to connect.
Step 4: Final Assembling
As the seat is ready we can put it on its place and now using 1⅛” connector bolts.
For reinforcing the construction we should put front and rear braces attached to the legs.
At the end we attach back of the chair and retighten all the connector bolts and wood screws if it is necessary.
If you want to enhance the look of the chair you can rounded the edges of the slats. You can rounded all or only upper (outside) edges.
Step 5: Similar Projects
Using same principles you can make garden bench only now you should use double length of slats for seat, back and chair braces.