A Beautiful Chair for the Outdoors
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!)
- 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (for outdoor use) (<– affiliate link!)
- 1-1/2″ screws (for outdoor use)
- Wood glue (for outdoor use)
- Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
- Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
- 1 – 1×2 at 8′
- 3 – 1×3 at 8′
- 2 – 1×6 at 8′
- 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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!