DIY Plans to Build a Global Market Chair

A Simple Chair Anyone Can Build!

Chairs are really very easy to construct and I know I’ve said that before but this chair is the easiest of all! The DIY plans to build a Global Market chair are the perfect first project for those new to woodworking and several can be constructed in a weekend! I see this chair with an aged finish or even constructed entirely out of pallet wood! If the rustic and weathered look is not your thing, the chair would look awesome in a bright paint finish with the back slats stenciled in a contrasting color! Hmmm… This chair may be added to my “to build” list!

DIY Plans to Build a Global Market Chair_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (<– affiliate link!)
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 1-1/4″ screws
  • Edge banding (for the seat)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

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

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×4 at 42″ – Back Legs
  • 2 – 1×4 at 17-1/4″ – Front Legs
  • 2 – 1×3 at 15-1/2″ – Upper Side Stretcher
  • 2 – 1×2 at 16-1/4″ – Lower Side Stretcher
  • 2 – 1×3 at 18-1/2″ – Front & Back Stretchers
  • 1 – 1×3 at 19-1/2″ – Center Support
  • 1 – 1×2 at 18-1/2″ – Lower Center Stretcher
  • 2 – 3/4″ square dowels at 14-1/4″ – Back Frame
  • 2 – 3/4″ square dowels at 18-1/2″ – Back Frame
  • 7 – 1×3 at 17-3/4″ – Back Slats
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 20″ x 21-1/4″ – Seat

DIY Plans to Build a Global Market Chair

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the back legs. Draw lines for the tapers on the boards and cut the tapers using a jigsaw, a bandsaw, or a tapering jig on the table saw.

DIY Plans to Build a Global Market Chair_Back Leg

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the front legs and side stretchers. The 1×2 stretchers will have a 4° angle cut in ONE end. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the stretchers, treating the 1×2 stretchers as a left piece and a right piece. Assemble the side frames with the back legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Global Market Chair_Side Frame

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the front and back stretchers. Drill pocket holes in each end of the stretchers. Secure the stretchers to the front legs and the back legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Position the stretchers 1/4″ back from the outside edges of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Global Market Chair_Front & Back Stretchers

Step Four

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

DIY Plans to Build a Global Market Chair_Seat Support

Step Five

Cut the piece for the lower center stretcher and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretcher to the center of the lower side stretchers using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Global Market Chair_Lower Stretcher

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the back frame. Drill one pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Position the frame inside the back legs. The frame will be positioned 1″ down from the top of the legs, and 3/4″ back from the front edge to allow for the slats. Secure in place using glue and countersunk 1-1/4″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Global Market Chair_Back Frame 1 DIY Plans to Build a Global Market Chair_Back Frame 2

 

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the slats. The slats will extend 1″ past the top and bottom of the back frame (flush with the top of the back legs), and will be spaced 1/8″ apart from the legs and each other. Secure the slats in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Global Market Chair_Back Slats

Step Eight

Cut the piece for the seat. Cut the notches using a jigsaw. Apply edge banding to the exposed edges of the plywood, then position the seat on the frame. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the seat into the stretchers, legs, and the support.

DIY Plans to Build a Global Market Chair_Seat 1 DIY Plans to Build a Global Market Chair_Seat 2

Finish as desired!

The Global market chair would be a great addition to the home office or around a dining room table! The chair is definitely a welcome addition to any dinner party where you can show off your handiwork! Any questions about the DIY plans to build a Global Market chair? Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com – I’m here to help!