A modern style outdoor dining chair that is both easy and inexpensive to build. Works with the Harriet Outdoor Table to create an inexpensive solid wood dining set. Features slatted seat and back, additional base supports.
2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long (you may be able to get away with one, but it's a good idea to buy a little extra to account for the saw blade and give you flexibility to cut around cracks, knots, or other imperfections)
2 - 2x2 @ 17 7/8" (Back Legs - both ends cut at 15 degrees off square, parallel to each other)
2 - 2x2 @ 13 7/16" (Side Aprons - one end cut at 15 degrees off square, longest point measurement)
2 - 2x2 @ 17 1/4" (Front Legs)
1 - 2x2 @ 13" (Front Apron)
8 - 1x3 @ 16" (Seat Slats)
2 - 2x2 @ 15 5/8" (One end cut at 15 degrees off square, longest point measurement given)
2 - 2x2 @ 20 1/2" (Back Rest)
1- 2x2 @ 10" (Back Base Support)
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!
Before we get into the actual plan details, let's talk about joinery. I have decided to add pocket holes to diagrams for those of you who use a Kreg Jig, but that does not mean that you have to use pocket holes. If you do use pocket holes for this project, set your Kreg Jig for 1 1/2" stock and use 2 1/2" pocket hole screws. I find it hard to add more than 1 pocket hole on a 2x2 - certainly not impossible, but I find wood starts to split out and such - but you need to make up for the lone screw with lots of glue.
Then attach the two legs to the center as shown in the diagram.
Now the slats. My trick is to use a piece of 1/4" scrap plywood as a spacer as I screw down the slats. By screwing from underneath, you will not have to worry about holes in your seat.
In the original Harriet Chair Plan, we put the supports in first. But I found this left little room for my drill - not a problem for the original Harriet Chair with the solid seat, but with the slatted seat, you need considerably more screws, so I choose to add the support after the slats. Measure carefully and attach in place.
And add the back slats. The overhang should be 1 1/2" on each end, 1 1/4" to the top. Leave 1/4" gap between the slats. There is no reason why you could not add additional slats if you wanted - I really considered three back slats.
And the fun part. Attach the back to the seat.
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.
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