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A Beautiful Chair to Match the Holly Dining Table


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!

DIY Plans to Build the Holly Dining Chair_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:

  • 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′

Cut List:

  • 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

DIY Plans to Build the Holly Dining Chair

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

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.

DIY Plans to Build the Holly Dining Chair_Back Leg

Step Two

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.

DIY Plans to Build the Holly Dining Chair_Seat Aprons 1

 

Step Three

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.

DIY Plans to Build the Holly Dining Chair_Seat Aprons 2

Step Four

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.

DIY Plans to Build the Holly Dining Chair_Seat Support

Step Five

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.

DIY Plans to Build the Holly Dining Chair_Back

Step Six

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.

DIY Plans to Build the Holly Dining Chair_Seat 1

DIY Plans to Build the Holly Dining Chair_Seat 2

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!

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  • Sylvain Bossé

    Mine is complete at 75%, only sanding and painting. For a first time, well, it’s ok.

    • CherTexter

      That is awesome, Sylvain! Please share photos when you are finished – I would love to see your project! Thanks for stopping by!

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