An Easy Plan to Build a Chair for the Outdoors

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Modern Outdoor Chair

As the weather gets warmer (and I work on more projects outside my own home), I am looking forward to relaxing outside on fabulous furniture I’ve built myself! The DIY furniture plans to build a Modern Outdoor Chair are really simple… The chair features clean lines and is also sized for an off-the-shelf 24″ x 24″ seat cushion (or you can make your own). The plan for this chair is perfect for those new to woodworking and furniture building, and several can be completed in a weekend!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Modern Outdoor Chair - Copy

Materials:

  • 3″ screws rated for outdoor use (I love using star-drive exterior screws!)
  • 2″ brad nails rated for outdoor use
  • Wood glue rated for outdoor use
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools Needed:

  • Miter saw or Circular saw
  • Drill (with a bit appropriate for the head of the screws used)
  • Countersink bit
  • Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor
  • Sander

Lumber:

If the chair is being used outdoors, pressure treated lumber is recommended

  • Scrap of 1×2 at 24″
  • 4 – 1×3 at 8′
  • 4 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 2×3 at 6′

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 23″ – Legs
  • 2 – 2×2 at 25-1/2″ – Side Frame
  • 2 – 2×2 at 22-1/2″ – Side Frame
  • 1 – 2×2 at 24″ – Upper Back
  • 2 – 2×3 at 24″ – Upper Back
  • 2 – 1×3 at 24″ – Back & Front Stretchers
  • 2 – 2×2 at 24″ – Side Seat Supports
  • 1 – 1×2 at 24″ – Center Seat Support
  • 8 – 1×3 at 24″ – Seat Slats
  • 1 – 1×3 (ripped to 1-5/8″ wide) at 24″ – Rear Seat Slat

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Modern Outdoor Chair

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Notes about the project:

The entire chair is constructed using countersunk screws. The holes can be filled with plugs (that can be made using a plug cutter on a scrap of wood matching the chair). The chair can also be constructed using pocket hole screws.

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs and the side framing. Mark the position of the screws at each end of the longer 2×2 pieces (the arms) and pre-drill the holes. Secure the longer 2x2s to the top of the legs using glue and countersunk 3″ screws.

Mark the position for the lower 2x2s on the legs and pre-drill the holes. Secure the lower side stretcher to the legs using glue and countersunk 3″ screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Modern Outdoor Chair - Side Frame

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the upper back. Mark the position of the 2×2 upper back piece and pre-drill the holes in each side frame (trying to avoid the screw from the upper side piece into the leg!). Secure the upper back piece using glue and countersunk 3″ screws.

Secure the 2×3 pieces in the same manner, spacing them approximately 1-1/2″ apart. Use two screws in each end of the wider pieces!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Modern Outdoor Chair - Upper Back

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the 1×3 back and front stretchers. The outside faces of the stretchers will be flush with the outside faces of the legs. Mark the position on the legs for each piece and pre-drill the holes for the screws (two for each end of each piece). Secure the stretchers using glue and countersunk 3″ screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Modern Outdoor Chair - Rear Stretcher

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Modern Outdoor Chair - Front Stretcher

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the side seat supports. These supports will fit between the front and back stretchers. The bottom of the seat supports will be flush with the bottom of the stretchers making them approximately 3/4″ lower than the stretchers. Pre-drill the holes (the screws do not have to be countersunk) and secure the supports to the legs using glue and 3″ screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Modern Outdoor Chair - Side Seat Support

Step Five

Cut the piece for the center seat support. Secure the center seat support to the front and back stretchers using glue and countersunk 3″ screws. The bottom edge of the center seat support will be flush with the bottom edge of the stretchers.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Modern Outdoor Chair - Center Seat Support

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the seat slats. Note that the rear slat is narrower than the other slats. This will be hidden by the seat cushion anyway! Secure the slats to the side and center supports using glue and 2″ brad nails spacing them approximately 1/4″ apart.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Modern Outdoor Chair - Seat Slats

Finish the chair as desired.

I’ve recently discovered solid exterior stain and it would be awesome for a project like this! Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Modern Outdoor Chair? Leave a comment below – I would be happy to answer!




Build French-Inspired Flower Boxes

Make a Few DIY Flower Boxes For a Spring Garden!

One of my main goals this year is to actually give my yard a little TLC. Seriously, my yard is a huge mess and it is time to increase my curb appeal starting with these DIY flower boxes! I used 1×12 cedar, wire mesh (also known as hardware cloth), a bit of paint, and a really neat technique for transferring a French-inspired label!

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Materials:

  • 1×12 cedar – 1 board at 8′ and 1 board at 4′ (This will make two flower boxes)
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Wood glue rated for outdoor use
  • 1/4″ wire mesh (or “hardware cloth”)
  • Heavy duty stapler and staples
  • Paint of your choice (paint samples are perfect for this project!)
  • Wax paper
  • Printer
  • Clear Sealer

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Start by cutting the long sides of the flower boxes at 23″ long. Make a mark on one long end at 3″ in from each side. Draw a diagonal line from the marks to the corners and cut the angles. (It is a 15° angle!)

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Cut the pieces for the ends at 7-1/2″ long. I cut a 15° bevel at the top of each of the end pieces so that the top of the ends will be level with the top of the long sides. This step is completely optional. I did it because I knew it would drive me crazy if I didn’t!

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Assemble the boxes using glue rated for outdoor use and 1-1/4″ brad nails. The end pieces will follow the angle of the sides.

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To attach the mesh at the bottom, lay the mesh over the bottom of the opening, then cut a piece approximately 1″ bigger on all sides. Cut a notch in each corner so that the mesh can be folded and inserted inside the bottom of the boxes. Secure the mesh on the inside with the stapler and staples.

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Now for the super fun part… Paint the boxes in the color of your choice. I decided that I didn’t want the paint to be perfect as I was going for a vintage, weathered look. (My boxes are two different colors!) If the cedar has huge cracks in it like mine did, that adds to the look!

The designs I used are from The Graphics Fairy (she has really cool designs) and I used a wax paper technique I found at The Art of Doing Stuff to transfer the designs with a few modifications. The bottom line to the technique is this: the design is mirrored, then printed on a sheet of wax paper. The ink from the wax paper is then transferred to the project. It is such an awesomely easy technique, that I cannot wait to try it on another project! To help the wax paper go through my printer easier, I put a piece of regular printer paper behind it then secured the sheets together with a piece of masking tape folded over the top.

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Once the designs were transferred to the boxes, I applied a coat of sealer to keep the designs in place!

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To put plants or flowers in the boxes, Line each box with weed cloth (which will let water drain but will keep the soil in place), then plant whatever your heart desires! I haven’t planted anything in the boxes yet because it is still a tad chilly here plus I haven’t quite decided what to plant – any ideas?

Any questions about the DIY flower boxes? Let me know at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

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A New Plan to Build a Coffee Table with Two Ottomans

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Coffee Table with Slide-Out Extensions

This plan, though plain, simple and easy to build, does dual duty… The DIY furniture plans to build a Coffee Table with Slide-Out Extensions are not only to build a place to set drinks, books and TV remotes but there are also two separate slide-outs to rest your feet! As usual, this plan is another project that can be completed in a weekend!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Coffee Table with Slide-Out Extensions - Copy

Materials:

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

Tools Needed:

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

Lumber:

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

Cut List:

For the Coffee Table:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 48″ – Frame
  • 6 – 2×2 at 16-1/2″ – Frame
  • 4 – 2×2 at 18″ – Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 21″ x 48″ – Top

For Both Ottomans:

  • 8 – 2×2 at 22-3/4″ – Frames
  • 8 – 2×2 at 13-1/4″ – Frames
  • 8 – 2×2 at 14-1/2″ – Stretchers
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 17-1/2″ x 22-3/4″ – Top

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Coffee Table with Slide-Out Extensions

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Coffee Table with Slide-Out Extensions - Extensions

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Notes About the Project:

If using edge banding on the exposed edges of the tops, it will be applied before securing the tops to the frame.

Step One

Cut the pieces for the coffee table frame. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the six shorter 2×2 pieces for the frame. Secure to the longer pieces as shown in the drawing using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Coffee Table with Slide-Out Extensions - Coffee Table Frames

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the coffee table stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the frame as shown in the drawing using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Coffee Table with Slide-Out Extensions - Coffee Table Stretchers

Step Three

Cut the piece for the coffee table top. Secure to the top of the coffee table frame using glue and 2″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Coffee Table with Slide-Out Extensions - Coffee Table Top

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the ottoman frames and drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter 2×2 pieces for the frame. Secure to the longer pieces as shown in the drawing using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Coffee Table with Slide-Out Extensions - Ottoman Frames

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the ottoman stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the frame as shown in the drawing using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Coffee Table with Slide-Out Extensions - Ottoman Side Stretchers

Step Six

Cut the piece for the ottoman tops. Secure to the top of the ottoman frame using glue and 2″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Coffee Table with Slide-Out Extensions - Ottoman Top

Finish as desired.

The tops can also be upholstered with 1″ foam and fabric prior to securing to the frames. Cut the foam and fabric larger than the tops and staple to the underside of the top pieces. Secure the tops to the frames using 1″ corner brackets and screws.

This easy to build coffee table features two slide-outs for extra space or used as an ottoman! A quick and easy weekend project!

The coffee table and ottoman combo would also be a great for the outdoors if suitable materials (lumber, screws and fabric) are used! Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Coffee Table with Slide-Out Extensions? Leave a comment below!




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

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

** 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.

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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

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!




Super-Simple Cedar Planter Box Using Fence Pickets

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box

Spring is in full swing where I live and I am dying to work on planting a garden. I promised Matt I would do a better job of taking care of the garden this year with my black thumb of death and all! So to keep up with my end of the bargain, I built a planter box that we can use. The DIY furniture plans to build a cedar fence picket planter box is really cheap and easy – cedar fence pickets, a treated 2×2, hardware cloth and weed barrier are all you need to create this simple box!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Featured Front View

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Featured Angled View

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Featured Weed Barrier View

Materials:

  • 1-1/2″ brad nails
  • 1/2″ staples
  • 1/4″ Hardware cloth
  • Weed barrier fabric
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
  • Stencil with a small sponge roller, optional

Tools Needed:

  • Miter Saw or Circular Saw
  • Pneumatic Brad Nailer with Compressor
  • Pneumatic Stapler
  • Metal Snips

Lumber:

  • 4 – Cedar Fence Pickets
  • 1 – Pressure Treated 2×2 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 21″ – Legs
  • 6 – Fence pickets at 15″ – Sides
  • 6 – Fence pickets at 24″ – Front & Back
  • Hardware cloth cut large enough to make a tray to fit inside the planter

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs, sides, front and back. Secure the sides to the legs using glue and 1-1/2″ brad nails. I positioned the first side piece so it was flush with the top of the legs, then secured the remaining two pieces underneath.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Cut Pieces

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Secure Sides to Legs

Step Two

Secure the front and back pieces to the legs overlapping the side edges of the side pieces.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Secure Front & Back

Step Three

Cut a piece of hardware cloth approximately 2″ larger (on each side) than the box. Fold over each edge of the hardware cloth approximately 1″. Cut a square out of each corner so that the cloth will fit around the legs on the inside. Fold each side of the hardware cloth up to create a sort of basket to fit inside the planter. Secure the “basket” to the inside of the planter using 1/2″ staples. In my planter, I positioned the basket so the bottom was flush with the bottom of the second board because I didn’t want the planter to be too deep.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Hardware Cloth Basket

Step Four

Cut a piece of weed barrier to fit the inside of the planter, and secure in place with 1/2″ staples. The weed barrier will keep the soil from falling through the hardware cloth while letting water drain through. Straw or moss can also be used. I covered the entire inside of my planter with the weed barrier.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Weed Barrier View

I left the planter unfinished (because I want the cedar to “age”) and added a large, stenciled flower to the front.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Front View

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Angled View

This planter would be easy to customize… I plan on making another planter but this time using full length pickets (with the dog-eared portion cut off) so that I can plant a variety of herbs! I may move the smaller box to a shady spot and use it to grow lettuce. Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a cedar fence picket planter box? Leave 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 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

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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!




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

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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!




A Collection of Planter Boxes for the Garden

Collection DIY Plans to Build Planter Boxes

Now that spring has arrived, it is time to start thinking about gardens and curb appeal! I’ve put together a collection of DIY plans to build planter boxes in a variety of different styles – some use new materials and some use repurposed materials. I am sure there is something that will appeal to all styles and skill levels!

Planter Boxes

The Alicia Planter Box

This pretty planter box is on legs with a shelf below. The leg posts have a decorative top cut into them, as well. The Alicia Planter Box is a very easy build and would look lovely left natural or painted!

Collection of DIY Plans to Build Planter Boxes_Alicia Planter Boxes

Robin’s Planter Boxes

My sweet cousin contacted me and asked me to design a planter box for her deck. Robin’s Planter Boxes are large and deep, and would look fabulous flanking a bench!

Collection of DIY Plans to Build Planter Boxes_Robin's Planters

Turn a Chair into a Planter

I had this fabulous chair with a damaged seat. I removed the seat and added a cedar board I cut to fit, and turned this chair into a planter! I’m proud to say that the chair is still a vibrant red even after two years in the elements!

Collection of DIY Plans to Build Planter Boxes_Old Chair

French Flower Boxes

I am so excited to incorporate these French inspired flower boxes into my outdoor decor this year! The boxes are made using cedar, with a white-washed paint and ink graphics on the front. The boxes have a wire mesh bottom for drainage and weed cloth to keep the soil from falling out!

Collection of DIY Plans to Build Planter Boxes_French Flower Boxes

 

Using Old Drawers as Planters

I saw the idea for these old drawer planters on Pinterest. I replaced the existing drawer box with a new cedar box, then used the original drawer front.

Collection of DIY Plans to Build Planter Boxes_Old Drawers

 

With this collection of DIY plans to build planter boxes, there should be something for any skill level and style! Have any questions? Leave a comment below!