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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: )

Step 1: Cut Down Material

Picture of 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!

john615243 days ago
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 Guy3 days 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.
rperky5 days ago
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.
Your article is very meaningful, the content is quite interesting and impressive, I hope in the near future you will have many good and meaningful articles to bring to readers.
temple run
I'm loving all the furniture y'all are making! It's gorgeous.
Woodbrew (author)  jessyratfink11 days ago
Thank you so much!!!
thehoss14 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.
Woodbrew (author)  thehoss11 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!
chwirsing11 days ago
Looks great, but I am too stupid to find the measurements and detailed set of plans.