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Harriet Chair, modifications

July 15, 2012 |
posted by JoanneS
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Modifications made to the Harriet Chair plan, to add a padded seat, slat back, and increase chair width by 2 inches.

Harriet chair, modifications

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Harriet Chair, modifications
Harriet Chair, modifications
Harriet Chair, modifications
Harriet Chair, modifications

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Author Notes: 

These modifications were made to Ana's Harriet Chair plan, to add a padded seat, slat back, and make the chair 2" wider. For this build I attached each step first using glue and 2" finish nails with the nail gun, and then followed up with round washer head self tapping screws (same as pocket hole screws - picture of the package is in the .pdf instructions). I liked the decorative effect of the exposed screws. Also this adds an extra layer of strength to the connections -- glue + nails + screws. It saved a lot of time on filling screw holes and sanding - all I had to fill were a few holes from the finish nails.

I haven't learned how to use Sketchup yet, so I took pictures of each of the steps and included the instructions in the .pdf file. This is my first time ever posting a plan, so I'm hoping this works! :)

PS - To get to the .pdf file with the plan and pictures, scroll about 2/3 of the way down this plan post, right below the General Instructions section. Click on that icon and it should give you the file with the photos and step by step instructions.

To also print the plan you see here onscreen as well, click to open the "printer friendly version" at the top of this post, then do a right click>select all, Ctr-C to copy, and then open a Word processing file and Ctrl-V to paste. Then you can save that as a .pdf as well.

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Chair height: 38" high, seat height 19" high; seat width 18"; seat depth 16"; top back width 16 1/2"

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

4 – 1x2x8 select pine boards
1 – 1x3x8 select pine board (will use part of this, use the rest of this piece for your next chair)
 
1 – 1x16x36 edge glued project panel (use half for this chair, and half for your next chair)
OR
¾” plywood panel, 2’ x 2’ (buy a 4 x 4 piece of plywood, if you are making 4 chairs)

1 8’ pc ¾” x ½” S4S moulding (1 8 foot piece is enough for all 4 chairs)
1 pc 1” high density foam, 16” x 18” (1/2 yd of foam by-the-yard)
1 pc batting, 22” x 24” (3/4 yd of batting by-the-yard – enough for 2 chairs)
1 pc fabric, 22” X 24” (3/4 yd of 54” wide fabric, enough for 2 chairs)
Staples for heavy duty stapler
2” finish nails and 1” finish nails (used nail gun)
4 – 2 ½” flat head wood screws (for attaching back top to slats)
1 ½” round washer head screws (Attaching slats to seat, and attaching legs to back sides - you will only use a few of these – 1 box of 50 was more than enough for all 4 chairs)
2” round washer head pocket hole screws (for attaching seat to bottom)
2 ½” round washer head pocket hole screws (you’ll need a lot of these – get 2 boxes of 50 if you’re doing 4 chairs)
Spray Adhesive
Wood glue
Wood filler
Paint or stain of your choice

2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
compound miter saw
nailer
sander
staple gun
level
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 – 1x2 @ 13” (side apron) (short point, one end cut at 15 degrees off square)
2 - 1x2 @ 15” (side supports) (short point, one end cut at 15 degrees off square)
2 – 1x2 @ 17 7/8 (back legs, both ends cut at 15 degrees off square, parallel to
each other)
2 1x2 @ 17 ¼” (front legs)
6 – 1x2 @ 16 ½”
(2 - front apron, 1 – bottom front support, 1 bottom back support, 1 – top back apron,
1 – back bottom)
1 – 3/4” thick project panel or plywood @ 16” x 18” (for seat)
2 – 1x2 @ 29” (back sides)
1 – 1x2 @ 13 1/2” (back top)
2 – 1x3 @ 27 ½” (back slats)
1 - 3/4 x 1/2" S4S moulding, @ 16 1/2" (back, top trim)
Upholstery:
1 – 16” x 18” high density foam
1 – 22” x 24” batting
1 – 22” x 24” fabric

Cutting Instructions: 
All cutting on this build was done with my sliding miter saw (moved inside to my sewing room, due to extreme hot weather). For the project panel (seat) I cut 12" worth with the sliding miter saw, flipped it over, and finished the rest of the cross cut. I used the project panel instead of plywood for the seat so I could cut this on the miter saw (it was just too hot in my garage to use the table saw). ;)

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

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Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
Finish Used: 
On this build, I used 3 coats of paint (Benjamin Moore Aura is my favorite for furniture), sanded between coats. (color I used is Wenge - a bittersweet chocolate brown). I used a paint brush because I was doing all my work inside (too hot to spray paint outside).

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Good Job!!

I love the chairs and the tutotial is very clear. I think I will change my dining room chairs! :-)

posted by alamanda973 | on Sun, 2012-07-15 19:46
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Thanks so much!

Alamanda, Thank you! What a nice comment! I was real nervous about submitting a plan for the first time. I'm so glad it was clear enough. PS - I think the parson chairs that you built in your dining room are spectacular! :)

posted by JoanneS | on Mon, 2012-07-16 03:50
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Thanks so much!

Alamanda, Thank you! What a nice comment! I was real nervous about submitting a plan for the first time. I'm so glad it was clear enough. PS - I think the parson chairs that you built in your dining room are spectacular! :)

posted by JoanneS | on Mon, 2012-07-16 03:50

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