DIY Plans to Build the Holly Dining Chair
Previously, I posted plans to build the Holly Dining Table, so why not add plans for a chair to match? The DIY plans to build the Holly Dining Chair match the table perfectly with inset aprons and a high back. The chair also features angled supports under the seat to keep everything nice and square! This chair is super easy to construct using straight off-the-shelf lumber, and several can be completed in a weekend!
- 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)
- 1 – 1×2 at 6′
- 2 – 1×2 at 8′
- 1 – 1×4 at 8′
- 1 – 2×2 at 4′
- 1 – 2×4 at 8′
- 1 – 2′ x 2′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
- 2 – 3/4″ square dowels at 4′
- 2 – 2×4 at 40″ – Back Legs
- 8 – 1×2 at 19″ – Aprons
- 4 – 3/4″ sq. dowel at 19″ – Aprons
- 2 – 2×2 at 17-1/4″ – Front Legs
- 4 – 1×2 at 11-1/2″ – Seat Supports
- 4 – 1×4 at 19″ – Back
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 22″ x 22″ – Seat
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Cut the 2×4 pieces to length for the back legs. Draw the back legs on the board using the dimensions as shown in the drawing. Cut out the legs using a jigsaw or a bandsaw. Clamp the legs together and sand as one unit.
Cut the pieces for the aprons. A 3/4″ square dowel will be sandwiched in between two 1×2 pieces. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the 1×2 pieces. Position a dowel between two 1x2s with the back edges flush then secure with glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. The pocket holes on the 1×2 pieces will face out.
Cut the pieces for the front legs. Secure the aprons to the front legs and back legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the seat supports. Cut the pieces to length, then cut 45° miters in each end. Drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the supports to the aprons using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the back and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the back pieces to the back legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The front face of the back pieces will be flush with the front faces of the back legs.
Cut the piece for the seat. Apply edge banding to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly. Cut the notches using a jigsaw. Secure the seat to the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the seat into the frame and supports.
Finish as desired.
The chair would be fabulous in any finish – stained, painted, stenciled, etc. and is a great plan for those new to woodworking! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Holly Dining Chair? Leave a comment below!