A Bar Stool Plan Suitable for All Skill Levels

DIY Plans to Build a McKenzie Bar Stool

Need new barstools? The DIY plans to build a McKenzie Bar Stool are an excellent choice! Suitable for all skill levels, the bar stool features a flat seat and X bracing detail on the sides. This bar stool is another fabulous build to show off your awesome skills while entertaining for the holidays!

DIY Plans to Build a McKenzie Bar Stool_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

Lumber listed is to build ONE bar stool

  • 2 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 2′ x 2′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 23-1/2″ – Legs
  • 8 – 1×2 at 11-1/4″ – Stretchers
  • 2 – 1×2 at 9-5/16″ – X Bracing
  • 2 – 1×2 at 7-7/16″ – X Bracing
  • 2 – 1×2 at 17-15/16″ – X Bracing
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 15-1/4″ x 15-1/4″ – Seat

DIY Plans to Build a McKenzie Bar Stool

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs. There will be an angle cut on two adjoining faces at the lower end of each leg. The angles will face to the inside when the bar stool frame is assembled. Cut the angles using a jigsaw or a tapering jig on a table saw.

DIY Plans to Build a McKenzie Bar Stool_Legs

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the stretchers. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure the stretchers to the legs (as indicated in the drawings) using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a McKenzie Bar Stool_Sides DIY Plans to Build a McKenzie Bar Stool_Stretchers

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the X bracing. Cut the angles as indicated in the drawings – the angles can also be cut by making a mark at the measurement indicated and drawing a diagonal line from the corner of the board to the mark. Drill pocket holes in the shorter pieces as indicated. Assemble the bracing using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Insert the X braces in the opening on each side of the bar stool frame. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the bracing into the legs or stretchers.

DIY Plans to Build a McKenzie Bar Stool_X Braces 1 DIY Plans to Build a McKenzie Bar Stool_X Braces 2 DIY Plans to Build a McKenzie Bar Stool_X Braces 3

Step Four

Cut the piece for the seat. The seat will overhang the frame by 1/2″ on all sides. Secure the seat to the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a McKenzie Bar Stool_Seat

Finish as desired.

The height of the bar stool is also easy to customize to counter-height by adjusting the length of the legs. The side detail and stretchers will remain in the same position! The barstools would be fabulous in the kitchen or at a home bar. Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com if there are any questions about the DIY plans to build a McKenzie Bar Stool!




Build a Dining Chair Bench

Free Plans to Build a Dining Chair Bench

Previously, I’ve posted plans for three separate dining chairs – #1, #2, and #3. In the meantime, I’ve been alluding to an awesome project using all three chairs…. So (drumroll, please) I have created free plans to build a dining chair bench! Using the entire frame of each of the three chairs minus the seats, a few spacers, and one long seat make up this fantastic bench!

It was such an easy and fantastic build! Each chair is constructed of 2x4s and 1x6s ripped down to the appropriate sizes making this project cost me less than $50 to build! Yahoo! I spent more time on the finish that I did building! I gave the bench I built to my mom for her birthday. She was very surprised!

free plans to build a dining chair bench copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ screws
  • 6 – 1-1/2″ corner braces
  • Finishing supplies

Lumber:

  • I used 2 – 2x4s at 8′, 2 – 1x6s at 8′, and a sheet of 3/4″ plywood for the entire bench
  • If you are not comfortable ripping lumber on the tablesaw, see the lumber list for each chair for materials.

Cut List:

  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 18″ x 61″ – Seat
  • 3 – 1×3 at 3″ – Spacers

free plans to build a dining chair bench_Bench

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Step One

Each of the chairs should be fully constructed except for the seats. It also helps if each frame has been painted or stained.

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the spacers. Drill pocket holes in one end only of each piece. Attach to each side of the chair frame that will be in the center using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Use angle brackets to attach the other end of the spacers to the other chairs. Pocket holes are not used on both sides because it will be impossible to get the drill in there to secure the second set of screws!

Cut four diagonal braces for each chair frame from scrap 1x2s. Cut a 45 degree angle in each end and drill pocket holes. Attach to the seat frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

free plans to build a dining chair bench_Spacers 

Step Three

Cut the piece for the seat. Apply edge banding on the exposed edges of the plywood, if desired. For accuracy, I assembled the chairs with the spacers then marked the seat for the notches. The front of the seat will hang over by 1″ and the sides will hang over by 1/2″. Secure with 1-1/4″ screws through the diagonal braces into the bottom of the seat.

free plans to build a dining chair bench_Seat 1

free plans to build a dining chair bench_Seat 2

free plans to build a dining chair bench

This bench would not only be fabulous on a porch or in an entryway, but it would look really awesome in the dining room at the table with a few of the individual chairs! Add casters to the bottom of the legs for extra mobility! Have any questions about the free plans to build a dining chair bench? Contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com or designsbystudioc {at} gmail {dot} com.  

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A Modified Version of the Low-Slung Chair

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Low-Slung Chair with a Slatted Seat

A reader made a great suggestion for a modification to the original Low-Slung Chair plan… The modified DIY furniture plans to build a Low-Slung Chair has a slatted seat which will allow for drainage. This chair is constructed out of straight off-the-shelf lumber and is a quick to build project. The lumber list calls for lumber to build one chair.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Low Slung Chair with Slatted Seat - Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 2″ brad nails (or 1-1/2″ exterior screws)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies

Tools Needed:

  • Miter saw or circular saw
  • Table saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor (if using brad nails)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×6 at 8′
  • 2 – 2×4 at 8′
  • 1 – 4×4 post at 8’**

Cut List:

  • 2 – 4×4 posts at 10″ – Front Legs
  • 2 – 4×4 posts at 10-3/4″ – Lower Back Legs
  • 2 – 4×4 at 15″ – Upper Back Legs
  • 5 – 2×4 at 24″ – Front & Back Stretchers
  • 2 – 2×4 at 22″ – Side Stretchers
  • 1 – 2×4 at 23-1/4″ – Seat Support
  • 4 – 1×6 at 30″ – Seat Slats
  • 1 – 1×6 (ripped to 4-1/2″ wide) at 30″ – Rear Seat Slat

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Low Slung Chair with Slatted Seat

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** 2 – 2x4s glued and screwed together face to face will also work. If using this method, the side stretchers will have to be lengthened by 1″.

Step One

Cut the pieces for the front legs and stretcher. Set the pocket hole jig for drilling into 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes at each end of the stretcher. Secure to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Position the stretcher so that the front face is set back 1/4″ from the front face of the legs.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Low Slung Chair with Slatted Seat - Seat Front

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the upper and lower back legs. Cut a 5 degree angle in the lower edge of the upper back leg. Because the post is wider than a regular pocket hole jig allows for, drill pocket holes in each side of the angled portion of the legs (see the drawings). This will make the back extra sturdy so it doesn’t come apart when it is leaned on! Secure the upper and lower legs to each other using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Low Slung Chair with Slatted Seat_Back Legs 1

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Low Slung Chair with Slatted Seat_Back Legs 2

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the back stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure to the legs as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. 

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Low Slung Chair with Slatted Seat - Back

Step Four

Cut the pieces  for the side stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure to the legs as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Position the stretchers so that the outside face is 1/4″ back from the outside face of the legs.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Low Slung Chair with Slatted Seat - Seat Sides

Step Five

Cut the piece for the seat support and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the seat support to the front and back stretchers using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Low Slung Chair with Slatted Seat - Seat Support

Step Six

Cut the slats for the seat. The rear seat will be ripped to 4-1/2″ wide and will have a notch cut at each end to fit around the legs. Each of the slats will be spaced approximately 1/2″ apart. Secure the slats to the side stretchers and center support using glue and 2″ brad nails (or 1-1/2″ exterior screws).
DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Low Slung Chair with Slatted Seat - Slats

Finish as desired. Sew a couple of pillows for the seat and back, and voila!! Awesome seating! Build one or build several… These plans are quick and easy! Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Low-Slung Chair with a Slatted Seat? Leave a comment below!




New Plan for Outdoor Lounging

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa

It is that time of year, my friends, to start building for the outdoors! Who wouldn’t want a long sofa they could use on the porch, patio or deck for visits with friends or just for relaxing? The DIY furniture plans to build a Long Outdoor Sofa is a heavy piece of furniture but is still a very easy build with 1/4″ plywood panels at the sides and back. This sofa also accommodates two 22″ x 48″ bench seat cushions found at most home improvement or retail stores. Just add a few outdoor pillows and have a seat on the best piece of furniture outside the house!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Copy

Materials:

  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws (for outdoor use)
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails (for outdoor use)
  • 2″ brad nails (for outdoor use)
  • 1-1/2″ screws (for outdoor use)
  • 2-1/2″ screws (for outdoor use)
  • 8 – 4″ bun feet with mounting plates and screws
  • Wood glue (make sure it also rated for outdoor use)
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools Needed:

  • Miter saw or Circular saw
  • Table saw
  • Drill
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor
  • Sander

Lumber:

All lumber (with the exception of the plywood) should be rated for exterior use

  • 3 – 1×3 at 8′
  • 6 – 1×6 at 10′
  • 1 – 2×2 at 4′
  • 4 – 2×3 (or 2×4) at 8′
  • 1 – 2×8 at 8′
  • 2 – 2×8 at 10′
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 2×8 at 101″ – Seat Frame
  • 2 – 2×8 at 22-1/2″ – Seat Frame
  • 2 – 2×8 (ripped to 6-1/2″ wide)  at 22-1/2″ – Center Seat Supports
  • 2 – 2×2 at 22-1/2″ – Outer Seat Supports
  • 6 – 1×6 at 98″ – Seat Slats
  • 8 – 2×2 at 3″ – Feet Supports
  • 2 – 2×3 (ripped to 2″ wide) at 96-1/2″ – Back Frame
  • 5 – 2×3 (ripped to 2″ wide) at 10-1/2″ – Back Frame
  • 4 – 2×3 (ripped to 2″ wide) at 24″ – Arm Frame
  • 4 – 2×3 (ripped to 2″ wide) at 10-1/2″ – Arm Frame
  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 13-1/2″ x 96″ – Inner & Outer Back Panels
  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 13-1/2″ x 24″ – Outer Arm Panel
  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 13-1/2″ x 21-3/4″ – Inner Arm Panel
  • 4 – 1×3 at 13-1/2″ – Front & Back Arm Trim
  • 2 – 1×3 at 25-1/2″ – Upper Arm Trim
  • 1 – 1×3 at 96″ – Upper Back Trim

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa

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Notes about the project:

The plywood will not be rated for exterior use. Therefore, it will have to be sealed with exterior paint or stain and the seams (where the panels meet the upper trim, side, trim and seat of the sofa) can be sealed with clear silicone after finishing just to keep any moisture from getting to the edges.

Pressure treated wood can be painted or stained after it dries which can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month.

The bun feet will definitely have to be protected with exterior paint, stain or spar varnish.

If you cannot find 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws for outdoor use, I have successfully used exterior deck screws in pocket holes. The trick is to not sink them as deep as normal. Use plenty of glue and only drive the screws to pull the two pieces together.

Step One

Cut the pieces for the sofa frame. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the side frame pieces. Assemble the frame using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Seat Frame

Step Two

Cut the 2×8 pieces for the center seat supports and rip them to 6-1/2″ wide. Drill pocket holes in each end and secure them to the inside of the seat frame using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. The bottom edges will be flush with the bottom edges of the seat frame leaving approximately 3/4″ at the top for the seat slats.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Seat Frame Supports

Step Three

Cut the 2×2 pieces for the outer seat supports. Secure them to the side pieces of the frame, positioning them 3/4″ down from the top of the frame, using glue and 2-1/2″ screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Seat Supports

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the seat slats. The rear seat slat will sit flush with the long end of the frame while the remaining slats will be spaced 1/4″ apart. Secure the slats using glue and 1-1/2″ screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Seat Slats

Step Five

With help, flip the seat frame over. Cut the pieces for the feet supports. Secure the feet supports to the sides and center supports of the seat frame using glue and 2-1/2″ screws. The bottom of the supports will be flush with the bottom of the frame.

Install the mounting plates for the feet on the supports and the framing to which it is attached, then install the feet. Flip the frame back over so it is resting on the feet.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Feet Spacers

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Feet

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the back frame and drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces. Assemble the frame using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Once the frame is assembled, position it on the rear portion of the seat frame – 3/4″ in from the back edge and 2-1/4″ in from each side edge. The back frame will be secured to a portion of the back piece of the seat frame as well as to each center seat support. Pre-drill holes as necessary, then secure the back frame using glue and 2-1/2″ screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Back Frame 1

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Back Frame 2

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Back Frame Detail

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the arm frames and drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces. Assemble the frames using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

The side frames will be positioned 1/4″ in from each side, and 3/4″ from the front and back. The arm frames will be secured mainly to the sides of the seat frames. Pre-drill holes as necessary, then secure the side frames using glue and 2-1/2″ screws. A couple of extra long screws can be used to secure the arm frames to the back frame.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Arm Frame 1

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Arm Frame 2

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Arm Frame Detail

Step Eight

Cut the pieces for the inner and outer back panels. The inner back panel will fit between the arms and be secured to each of the framing pieces. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

The back panel will also fit between the arm frames and be secured in the same manner as the front panel.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Inner Back Panel

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Outer Back Panel

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for the arm panels. The outer arm panel will rest on the side edge of the seat frame and will cover the entire arm frame. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

The inner arm panel will butt up against the inner back arm panel. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Outer Arm Panel

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Inner Arm Panel

Step Ten

Cut the pieces for the front and back arm trim, as will as the upper trim. Secure the front and back arm trim first, using glue and 2″ brad nails. The side edges of the trim will be flush with the inner and outer arm panels. The outer face of the front trim piece will be flush with the front of the seat frame. The outer face of the back arm trim piece will be flush with the back of the seat frame, and one side of each piece will butt up against the outer back panel.

Position the upper arm trim pieces on top of the arm frame, securing in place using glue and 2″ brad nails. Position the upper back trim between the arms on top of the back frame and secure in place using glue and 2″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Front Arm Trim

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Back Arm Trim

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Long Outdoor Sofa - Upper Trim

Finish the sofa as desired.

As mentioned above, the sofa will accommodate two 22″ x 48″ bench seat cushions or you can always follow this tutorial and make your own with the outdoor fabric of your choice! Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Long Outdoor Sofa? Let me know by leaving a comment below!




Another Fantastic Bench for Indoors or Outdoors

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Maya Bench

This easy to build bench is  great addition to any area of the home. The DIY furniture plans to build a Maya Bench can be constructed out of regular lumber or treated lumber – all straight off the shelf boards. The bench can also accommodate two 24″ x 24″ cushions for the seat as well as a few pillows for the back. This is another easy project that can be completed in a weekend.

Maya Bench - Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws*
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws*
  • 2-1/2″ screws*
  • 1-3/4″ brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer

*If building the bench to use outdoors, exterior screws will be used

Tools Needed:

  • Jigsaw or bandsaw
  • Miter saw or circular saw
  • Table saw
  • Drill
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor
  • Sander

Lumber:

  • 6 – 1×3 at 6′
  • 1 – 1×3 at 8′
  • 1 – 1×6 at 4′
  • 4 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 2×4 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 2 – 2×4 at 39-3/4″ – Back Legs
  • 2 – 2×2 at 45″ – Back
  • 7 – 2×2 at 12-1/2″ – Back
  • 2 – 1×3 at 45″ – Front & Back Stretchers
  • 2 – 2×2 at 17-1/4″ – Front Legs
  • 2 – 1×3 at 22-1/2″ – Side Aprons
  • 3 – 1×3 at 23-1/2″ – Seat Supports
  • 1 – 1×6 (ripped to 4-1/2″ wide) at 48″ – Rear Slat
  • 6 – 1×3 at 48″ – Seat Slats
  • 2 – 2×2 at 12-1/4″ – Arms
  • 2 – 2×2 at 26-1/2″ – Arms

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Maya Bench

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Step One

Cut the pieces to length for the back legs. Draw the back legs on the 2×4 pieces as shown in the drawing, then cut out using a jigsaw or a bandsaw.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Maya Bench - Back Legs

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the back. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure the longer back pieces to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Orient the pocket holes so they face down.

Secure the shorter back pieces to the longer back pieces using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws at the spacing indicated in the drawing.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Maya Bench - Back

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the front and back stretchers. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure the back stretcher to the back legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the stretcher will be positioned 1/4″ back from the back face of the legs.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Maya Bench - Back Apron

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the front legs. Secure the front stretcher to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the stretcher will be positioned 1/4″ back from the front face of the legs.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Maya Bench - Front Legs & Apron

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the side stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the side stretchers to the front and back legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the stretchers will be positioned 1/4″ back from the side faces of the legs.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Maya Bench - Side Aprons

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the seat supports. Secure the supports to the front and back aprons using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Maya Bench - Seat Supports

Step Seven

Cut the piece for the back seat slat. Cut the notches using a jigsaw or bandsaw. Secure the back slat in place using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

Cut the pieces for the remaining slats. Secure the slats in place using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Maya Bench - Seat Slats 1

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Maya Bench - Seat Slats 2

Step Eight

Cut the pieces for the arms. The longer pieces will have a 5° bevel cut in the back edge. Secure the longer arm piece to the shorter piece using glue and countersunk 2-1/2″ screws through the longer piece into the top of the shorter piece.

Secure the arms to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ screws. The bottom edge of the vertical piece will be flush with the bottom edge of the aprons.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Maya Bench - Arms 1

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Maya Bench - Arms 2

Finish as desired.

This would be a great bench as extra seating in any room or even at a dining table! Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Maya Bench? Leave a comment below!




A Beautiful Bench with Curved Legs Perfect for Warm Weather!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build the Anna Bench

Previously, I posted plans for the Anna Chair – a chair with beautifully curved back legs and a wide seat. The DIY furniture plans to build an Anna bench feature the same gorgeously curved legs (with the included templates) and tapered front legs. The seat on the chair can also be upholstered or used with a 2″ thick cushion, and would be a perfect addition to a covered porch or deck. As always, this bench can be completed in a weekend!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Anna Bench - Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Metal corner braces
  • Edge banding for the seat
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools Needed:

  • Jigsaw or bandsaw
  • Miter saw or Circular saw
  • Iron for edge banding
  • Drill
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Right angle drill attachment (for tight spaces)
  • Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor
  • Sander

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×3 at 8′
  • 3 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 2×6 at 4′
  • 1 – 2×6 at 6′
  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 3 – 2×2 at 16″ – Front Legs
  • 3 – 2×6 at 36″ – Back Legs
  • 4 – 1×3 at 21-3/4″ – Front & Back Aprons
  • 3 – 1×3 at 18-1/8″ – Side Aprons & Center Support
  • 6 – 2×2 at 16″ – Back
  • 8 – 1×2 at 5″ – Corner Braces, optional
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 21-1/8″ x 48″ – Seat

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Anna Bench

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the front legs. Cut the taper using a tapering jig on the table saw or a jigsaw.

Cut the piece for the front apron. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the apron piece. Secure the apron to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The tapers on the legs will face toward the back legs. The apron will be positioned 1/4″ back from the front face of the legs.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Anna Bench - Front Leg

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Anna Bench - Front Aprons

Step Two

Print the templates. Align the registration marks and tape the sheets together, then cut out the template. Secure the two 2×6 pieces together using screws or hot glue (not wood glue!) then trace the template. Draw a line across the pieces at 16″ from the bottom of the leg. Cut out the legs using a jigsaw or a bandsaw. Thoroughly sand the legs before separating the pieces trying to keep the pencil mark drawn beforehand in place. Transfer the pencil mark to the other leg. This mark is where the top of the back apron will be positioned.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Anna Bench - Back Leg

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the back apron and back framing. Drill pocket holes in each end of the apron. Secure the apron to the back legs at the pencil mark (16″ up from the bottom of the leg). The apron will be positioned 1/4″ back from the back face of the legs.

Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the back pieces. Secure the pieces as shown to the back legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. The front face of the back pieces will be flush with the front faces of the legs.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Anna Bench - Back

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the side aprons. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the aprons to the front and the back legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The aprons will be positioned 1/4″ back from the side faces of the legs.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Anna Bench - Side Aprons

Step Five

Cut the piece for the center seat support and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the support to the center of the middle front and back legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Anna Bench - Center Support

Step Six

Secure the corner braces to the inside of the legs at the lower edges of the aprons. Corner braces can also be cut from scrap pieces of 1×2 material with a 45° miter in each end then secured using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Anna Bench - Corner Braces

Step Seven

Cut the piece for the seat and cut the notches with a jigsaw. Secure the seat to the aprons using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Anna Bench - Seat 1 DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Anna Bench - Seat 2

Finish as desired.

With the wide seat, this bench would be super-comfortable… The templates are easy to use, and the legs are easy to cut. Have any questions on the DIY furniture plans to build an Anna Bench? Leave a comment below!




A Super-Easy Bench with Storage

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Easy Storage Bench

This is the easiest of all benches to build… The DIY furniture plans to build an Easy Storage Bench feature a drawer under the seat with a shelf below. The bench is also easy to customize if you’d prefer a longer bench. The drawer front features an oval-shaped cut out to act as a handle, and the drawer box will be visible behind it.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Easy Storage Bench-Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 1-3/4″ brad nails
  • 1 set of 16″ drawer slides
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools Needed:

  • Table saw
  • Miter saw
  • Drill
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor
  • 1″ Paddle bit or hole saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Sander
  • Drawer slide jig (optional)

Lumber:

  • 3 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 2 – 1×4 at 4′
  • 1 – 1×8 at 4′
  • 4 – 1×10 at 6′
  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 1×10 at 17-1/4″ – Sides
  • 2 – 1×2 at 15-1/2″ – Lower Shelf Supports
  • 2 – 1×2 at 33-1/2″ – Lower Stretchers
  • 2 – 1×10 at 33-1/2″ – Lower Shelf
  • 2 – 1×10 at 33-1/2″ – Drawer Shelf
  • 2 – 1×2 at 15-1/2″ – Upper Shelf Supports
  • 2 – 1×2 at 33-1/2″ – Upper Stretchers
  • 2 – 1×10 at 36″ – Top
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 6-3/4″ x 34-1/4″ – Back
  • 2 – 1×4 at 16″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 2 – 1×4 at 31″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 15″ x 31-1/2″ – Drawer Box Bottom
  • 1 – 1×8 (ripped to 5-3/4″ wide) at 33-1/4″ – Drawer Front

 

 

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Easy Storage BenchClick on the drawings for a larger view.

Step One

Cut the pieces for the sides. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes along on long edge of two of the pieces. Secure the pieces with pocket holes to the pieces without pocket holes using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Easy Storage Bench-Sides

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the lower shelf supports. Secure the supports to the lower end of the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Easy Storage Bench-Lower Shelf Supports

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the lower stretchers. Secure the lower stretchers to the lower shelf supports using glue and 1-1/4″ screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Easy Storage Bench-Lower Stretchers

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the lower shelf. Drill pocket holes along one long edge of one piece. Secure the pieces together using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Secure the shelf to the shelf supports and the lower stretchers using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Easy Storage Bench-Shelf

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the shelf and drill pocket holes along one long edge of one piece. Secure the pieces together using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Drill pocket holes in the side edges and secure the shelf to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Easy Storage Bench-Drawer Shelf

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the upper shelf supports. Secure the supports to the upper end of the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ screws.

Secure the upper stretchers to the ends of the upper shelf supports using glue and 1-1/4″ screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Easy Storage Bench-Top Supports

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Easy Storage Bench-Top Stretchers

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the top and drill pocket holes along one long edge of one piece. Secure the pieces together using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Secure the top to the sides, supports and stretchers using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails. The top will overhang by 1/2″ at the sides.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Easy Storage Bench-Top

 

Step Eight

Cut the piece for the back of the drawer section. Secure the back in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Easy Storage Bench-Back

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for the drawer box sides, front and back. Cut the groove in the bottom edge of each piece at 1/4″ wide by 1/4″ deep using a table saw or a router and a straight bit. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the drawer box front and back pieces on the opposite side as the groove. Make sure that the pocket holes will not interfere with the groove. Secure the sides to the back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Easy Storage Bench-Drawer 1

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Easy Storage Bench-Drawer 2

Step Ten

Cut the piece for the drawer bottom. Slide the bottom into the grooves in the sides and back. The piece should fit snugly but not too tight.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Easy Storage Bench-Drawer 3

Step Eleven

Insert the front edge of the drawer box bottom into the groove on the drawer box front. Secure the drawer box front to the drawer box sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the sides.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Easy Storage Bench-Drawer 4

Step Twelve

Cut the piece for the drawer front. Mark the position of the handle and drill the 1″ holes using a hole saw or paddle bit. Shim the drawer front in the opening and secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. Open the drawer and secure the drawer front from the inside using 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Easy Storage Bench-Drawer Front

Finish as desired.

Before adding the drawer front, the center front of the drawer box can be painted a different color so that it shows where the handle on the drawer front is located! Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build an Easy Storage Bench? Leave a comment below!




A Beautiful Chair for the Outdoors

DIY Plans to Build a Quinn Outdoor Chair

Just because we’re getting closer to the end of summer doesn’t mean fabulous chairs for the outdoors can’t be built! The DIY plans to build a Quinn Outdoor Chair feature a slatted seat and back, with separate frames for each that are screwed to the side assemblies. This is a really easy plan (the only angles cut are in the back legs) and several can be built in a weekend! (I recommend cedar or treated pine for the lumber!)

DIY Plans to Build a Quinn Outdoor Chair_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (for outdoor use)
  • 1-1/2″ screws (for outdoor use)
  • Wood glue (for outdoor use)
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 3 – 1×3 at 8′
  • 2 – 1×6 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×3 at 28″ – Front Legs
  • 2 – 1×3 at 28-1/2″ – Back Legs
  • 2 – 1×2 at 24″ – Arms
  • 2 – 1×3 at 21-1/2″ – Seat Frame
  • 3 – 1×3 at 20-7/8″ – Seat Frame
  • 4 – 1×6 at 21-1/2″ – Seat Panks
  • 2 – 1×2 at 20″ – Back Frame
  • 2 – 1×2 at 18″ – Back Frame
  • 1 – 1×2 at 16-1/2″ – Back Frame
  • 3 – 1×6 at 21-1/2″ – Back Planks

DIY Plans to Build a Quinn Outdoor Chair

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the front legs, the back legs, and the arms. The edge of the arms will be flush with the inside of the legs on one side which will overhang the outside by 3/4″. Mark the position through the top of the arms for the legs and predrill the holes for the screws.

Cut a 5° angle in the top and bottom ends of the back legs. Secure the arm to the legs using glue and 1-1/2″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Quinn Outdoor Chair_Sides

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the seat frame. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the seat frame sides and the center support. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Quinn Outdoor Chair_Seat Frame 1

Step Three

Secure the seat frame to the legs using glue and 1-1/2″ screws through the frame into the legs. Two screws into each leg will be sufficient.

DIY Plans to Build a Quinn Outdoor Chair_Seat Frame 2

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the seat planks. There will be a 1/8″ gap between the planks. Secure the planks using glue and 1-1/2″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Quinn Outdoor Chair_Seat Planks

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the back frame. Drill pocket holes in each end of the top and bottom pieces as well as each end of the center support. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Quinn Outdoor Chair_Back Frame 1

Step Six

Position the back frame on the back legs and arms. The lower edge of the rear of the back frame will be flush with the back edge of the back leg, and will also be positioned 1-1/2″ away from the back edge of the arm. The back frame will rest at an approximate 5° angle.  Secure the frame to the back legs and arms using 1-1/2″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Quinn Outdoor Chair_Back Frame 2

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the back planks. There will be a 3/4″ gap between the planks. Secure the planks to the back frame and the support using glue and 1-1/2″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Quinn Outdoor Chair_Back Planks

Finish as desired.

A few of these chairs placed around an outdoor table or around a fire pit would be awesome for a get-together! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Quinn Outdoor Chair? Leave a comment below!




An Easy to Build Space-Saving Bench

DIY Plans to Build a Folding Bench

For sure, this plan is going on my to-build list… The DIY plans to build a Folding Bench are super-easy to construct, and feature a slatted seat and back. The bench is reminiscent of old style folding chairs, and is very easy to build!

DIY Plans to Build a Folding Bench_Copy

DIY Plans to Build a Folding Bench_Copy 2

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/2″ screws
  • 4 – 1-1/2″ (or 40 mm) connector bolts with connecting nuts
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 6 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 7 – 1×3 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×3 at 38-3/8″ – Front Legs
  • 2 – 1×2 at 48″ – Front Stretchers
  • 4 – 1×3 at 48″ – Back Slats
  • 2 – 1×3 at 27-1/2″ – Back Legs
  • 1 – 1×2 at 46-1/2″ – Back Stretcher
  • 5 – 1×2 at 16-1/2″ – Seat Frame
  • 3 – 1×2 at 45″ – Seat Frame & Seat Stop
  • 6 – 1×3 at 45″ – Seat Slats

DIY Plans to Build a Folding Bench

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the front legs. Cut a 25° angle in the bottom of each leg. Cut a slight arc in the top front edge of each piece, and cut the notches using a jigsaw. Drill 3/8″ holes in the positions shown in the drawing.

DIY Plans to Build a Folding Bench_Front Legs

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the front stretchers. Secure the stretchers inside the notches using glue and countersunk 1-1/2″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Folding Bench_Front Stretchers

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the back slats. Secure the slats to the back edge of the legs using countersunk 1-1/2″ screws. The slats are spaced approximately 3/4″ apart, and the top slat is flush with the top of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Folding Bench_Back Slats

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the back legs. Round over the top edge of each leg. The radius is 1-1/4″. Cut a 25° angle in the bottom edge of each leg. Cut the notch in the leg using a jigsaw. Drill 3/8″ holes in the positions shown in the drawing.

DIY Plans to Build a Folding Bench_Back Legs 1

Step Five

Cut the piece for the back stretcher and secure it in the notches using glue and countersunk 1-1/2″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Folding Bench_Back Legs 2

Step Six

Fasten the back leg assembly to the inside of the front legs using 1-1/2″ connector bolts. The bolts will be tightened with an Allen wrench on each side – not too tight, though!

DIY Plans to Build a Folding Bench_Back Legs 3

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the seat frame. Drill a 3/8″ hole in the outer side frame pieces as shown in the drawings.

With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter frame pieces. The pocket holes in the outer side frame pieces will straddle the hole. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Folding Bench_Seat Frame Side

DIY Plans to Build a Folding Bench_Seat 1

Step Eight

Cut the pieces for the seat slats. Secure the slats to the frame using glue and countersunk 1-1/2″ screws. The slats will be spaced approximately 5/8″ apart.

DIY Plans to Build a Folding Bench_Seat 2

Step Nine

Cut the piece for the seat stop and cut a 25° bevel along one long edge. This piece is secured to the bottom of the seat frame and the beveled edge will rest against the upper front stretcher to keep the bench from sliding apart.

Secure the stop to the bottom of the seat frame using glue and countersunk 1-1/2″ screws with the bevel facing toward the back and also facing up (the longer edge of the bevel rests on the frame).

DIY Plans to Build a Folding Bench_Seat Stop 1

DIY Plans to Build a Folding Bench_Seat Stop 2

Step Ten

Fasten the seat to the back legs using a 1-1/2″ connector bolt.

DIY Plans to Build a Folding Bench_Seat 3

Finish as desired.

I am really excited to build this bench… I think it would be a fabulous addition to my back yard and I’m sure it will be to yours, too! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a folding bench? Leave a comment below!




A Fabulous Daybed for the Outdoors

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed

With Summer basically knocking on the door, most of us are thinking about outdoor furniture for entertaining or relaxing. The DIY plans to build a Penn Outdoor Daybed fit that bill perfectly! The seat, back, and sides are slatted making it easy for water to run off and not collect. The daybed requires a 4″ seat cushion and a 2″ back cushion, with optional throw pillows. This is a super easy build that can be constructed out of cedar or treated wood for outdoor use, or any other species for indoor use.

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (rated for outdoor use)
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws (rated for outdoor use)
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails (for outdoor use)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 12 – 1×3 at 6′
  • 2 – 2×2 at 6′
  • 5 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 2×4 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 2 – 2×4 at 38″ – Back Legs
  • 2 – 2×2 at 38″ – Front Legs
  • 2 – 2×2 at 25″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 2×2 at 24-11/16″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 2×2 at 24-5/16″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 2×2 at 24″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 2×2 at 23-11/16″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 2×2 at 23-5/16″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 1×3 at 23″ – Side Aprons
  • 2 – 1×3 at 72″ – Front & Back Aprons
  • 6 – 2×2 at 72″ – Back Framing
  • 2 – 1×3 (ripped to 1-3/4″ wide) at 23″ – Slat Supports
  • 3 – 1×3 (ripped to 1-3/4″ wide) at 24″ – Seat Supports
  • 7 – 1×3 at 69″ – Seat Slats

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the 2×4 pieces to length for the back legs. Draw the legs onto the 2×4 pieces as shown in the drawing. Cut out the legs using a jigsaw or a bandsaw.

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed_Back Legs

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the front legs and the side framing. Each of the side framing pieces have a 5° angle cut in one edge. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the framing pieces on the underside of each piece – this way the pocket holes will not have to be filled. Secure the framing pieces to the front and back legs as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the side apron. Secure the apron to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The front face of the apron pieces will be flush with the outside faces of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed_Side Slats & Framing

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the front and back aprons. Drill pocket holes in each end. Position the aprons so they are located 1/4″ back from the front and back faces of the legs. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed_Front & Back Aprons

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the back framing. Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure the back framing pieces to the back legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Orient the pocket holes so they face down and will not have to be filled.

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed_Back Slats

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the slat supports. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure each piece to the inside of the side aprons using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The bottom edge of each piece will be flush with the bottom of the side aprons.

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed_Slat Supports

Step Six

Cut the pieces for seat supports and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the supports to the front and back aprons using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed_Seat Supports

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the seat slats. The seat slats are spaced approximately 7/8″ apart. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the slats into the supports.

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed_Seat Slats

Finish as desired.

The cushions are easy to make using outdoor fabric and outdoor foam. Previously, I wrote a post on how to make a basic box cushion that may be helpful. Otherwise, cushions measuring 72″ long x 24″ wide x 4″ deep for the seats and 72″ long x 20″ wide x 2″ deep can be used. Three separate cushions would also be a good choice. Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Penn Outdoor Daybed? Leave a comment below!